A priest and another Christian were beheaded before a cheering crowd by Syrian insurgents who say they aided and abetted the enemy, President Bashar Assad’s military, foreign media reported.
An undated video that made the Internet rounds on Wednesday showed two unnamed men with tied hands surrounded by a cheering crowd of dozens, just moments before their heads were cut off with a small knife, Syria Report said. The attackers in the video then lifted the head for show, and placed it back on the body. The incident took place in the countryside of Idlib, the media report said.
Syria Report said that foreign militants have increased attacks on civilians in recent weeks — and that many of these insurgents are supported by the West and by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey. Just recently, a Catholic priest was recently executed by radicals, and last month, an entire Christian village in Homs was burned to the ground, Syria Report said. Moreover, two Christian bishops kidnapped in Aleppo at the beginning of the year are still missing.
The reported beheading of the two Christians comes about the same time America has started sending arms to rebel fighters, the Wall Street Journal revealed this week. The Journal reported the Central Intelligence Agency just began transporting weapons to Jordan for eventual transfer to Syrian fighters.
The weapons transfer is aimed at helping Free Syrian forces oust Mr. Assad. It’s scheduled to coincide with arms shipments from other European and Arab allies for a planned and coordinated rebel attack set for August, the Journal reported.
The CIA weapons transfer will take about three weeks, and involves light arms — and possibly antitank missiles, the Journal said.
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Aleppo – A report indicates that a Syrian Catholic Priest Francois Murad was murdered in the Gassanieh in northern Syria on Sunday June 23rd. Many of the Muslim radical rebels are hostile to Christians. and accuse them of supporting Assad.
The report comes from the Custody of the Holy Land. Murad studied in Palestine and was building a monastery in Gassanieh, Idlib. Local sources claim that the monastery was raided by gunmen who executed Murad and then looted and burned the monastery. Thousands of people are reported to have fled the area. The Vatican News Agency, cited Pierbattista Pizzaballa the head of all Franciscans in the Holy Land who said:‘The world must know that the support of gunmen by the west is helping extremists in killing Syrians..‘with such stances, not a single Christian will remain in the East.’Syrian Christians are increasingly being targeted by armed groups. Another church was destroyed recently as well in Deir Ezzor. Apparently all Christians have fled the area. In Aleppo the historic Arabic Evangelical Church in the old town was mined with explosives and then blown up according to Pastor Ibrahim Nasir spiritual leader of the congregation. Two Christian bishops kidnapped in Aleppo at the beginning of the year are still missing. An entire Christian village near Homs was burned to the ground in May. In another even more recent incident, reported by the Washington Times, a priest and another Christian were beheaded in the presence of a cheering crowd of insurgents. The insurgents say they aided the enemy, Assad’s military. The appended video shows that activity. The killing is reported to have taken place in the Idlib area.