45 Syrian Christians massacred in town of Sadad

by 1389 on November 7, 2013

in 1389 (blog admin), pogroms, Syria

Orthodox Christian funeral at Sadad
Above: the funerals of some of the Christians slain in Sadad. Photo: Selwanos Boutros Alneme

The “most serious and biggest massacre of Christians in Syria” in which 45 people were killed and 1,500 families held hostage has been reported by the Syrian Orthodox Metropolitan of Homs and Hama.

It happened during the week following 21 October in the ancient Christian town of Sadad, which lies about 100 miles north-east of Damascus, after it was invaded by anti-Assad Islamist militias and before the Syrian army retook the town.

Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh said: “Forty-five innocent civilians were martyred for no reason, and among them several women and children, and many were thrown into mass graves.”

Thirty more civilians were wounded and 10 are still missing. Around 1,500 families were held as hostages and human shields against the incoming government forces, and 2,500 others fled the town at gunpoint with only the clothes they were wearing.

The archbishop, who conducted the funeral services last week amid grief and outrage, lamented that the outside world has done little to help suffering Syrians. “We have shouted ‘help us’ to the world but no one has listened to us. Where is the Christian conscience? Where is human consciousness? Where are my brothers?”

Church sources told the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) that civilians unable to escape – including the elderly, disabled, women and children – were subjected to torture such as strangulation.

The bodies of six family members were found in a well in Sadad: Matanios El Sheikh, 85, his wife, Habsah, 75, their daughter, Njala, 45, their grandsons Ranim, 18, and Fadi, 16, and the boys’ paternal grandmother, Mariam, 90. The Damascus-based Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregory III said to ACN: “How can somebody do such inhumane and bestial things to an elderly couple and their family?” He added: “I do not understand why the world does not raise its voice against such acts of brutality.”

Sadad lies between Damascus and Homs and is mentioned in the books of Numbers and Ezekiel in the Bible. Most of its population of 15,000 people are Syriac Orthodox and it is home to 14 churches, a monastery, temples, historic landmarks and archaeological sites.

Most of these have been destroyed and looted, especially the Syriac Orthodox Church of St Theodore which the Wahhabi terrorists from al-Qaeda’s Jabhat al-Nusra (Nusra Front) used as a base.

The archbishop said houses have been looted “and schools, government buildings, municipal buildings have been destroyed, along with the post office, the hospital and the clinic”.

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1 Arius November 7, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Death to all the jihadis in Syria, and death to their US backers.

2 Zenster November 7, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Arius: Death to all the jihadis in Syria, and death to their US backers.

Do you have even the remotest conception of how anyone in America who backs these Syrian jihadis are abject traitors and the very worst sort of Muslim-appeasing scum? Or is it your preference that America be perceived as being the source of all this world’s evils—as opposed to, say … Islam?

If you do not have sufficient scrotal endowment to reply, then please do not expect anything but derisive and rather insulting responses in the future.

Warmest Personal Regards,


3 Zenster November 9, 2013 at 12:42 am

Arius, please consider this as the “glove thrown down”. Your unpunished trolling days are over. At all further opportunities, you will be taunted a second time!

4 abdulaziz elaraby November 16, 2013 at 2:37 am

Why Racial Discrimination only Christian massacred. I am sure the numbers of Muslims massacred are hundred times of others religions.

5 1389 November 16, 2013 at 12:22 pm

@abdulaziz elaraby,

Those Muslims who have been massacred, have died at the hands of their fellow Muslims.

Besides which, Islam is NOT a race.

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