Skip to comments.Pro-Government Forces Find a Haven at Syrian Town's Christian Monastery
Posted on 01/24/2014 6:35:55 PM PST by marshmallow
Damascus, Syria (CNN) -- An 80-foot-tall statue of Jesus Christ stands atop of a hill overlooking the Syrian Christian town of Saidnaya, about a 40-minute drive from Damascus. The statue is part of the ancient Cherubim Monastery in the Qalamoun Mountains, a quiet, spiritual place that's very important to Syria's Christians.
But these days, there is a gruesome sight at the feet of the statue of Christ the savior. About 30 mutilated and charred bodies lie in piles near a footpath that leads to the monastery. The dead are rebel fighters who tried to storm the monastery but were killed as they advanced, Syria's government says.
The attack happened on January 19 and allegedly involved hundreds of rebel fighters. The regime says that in all, 60 militants were killed in the fighting.
"They came from another mountain a few miles away and destroyed our front gate," says a pro-Christian fighter who supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and was involved in the battle for the mountaintop.
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a pro-Christian fighter, I like the sound of that ;) kiss them mussies ;)
a pro-Christian fighter, I like the sound of that ;) kill them mussies ;)