In Syria, near a thousand Christians have been killed and 450,000 others have been displaced due to the crisis in the Arab country since 2011, according to prominent Christian figure.
1000 Christians are among a total of 120,000 Syrians have been killed during nearly three years of violence in Syria, according to Gregory III Laham, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East for Melkite Catholics.
The Christian leader said to the official Chinese agency Xinhua that about 450,000 Christians among the nine million displaced Syrians from the beginning of the unrest in Syria.
1.8 million people, ie 10 percent of the Syrian population are Christians, the religious minority has not been spared the atrocities that cause extremist and terrorist groups fighting against the Syrian people and government.
Laham takfiríes added that militants operating in Syria, so far, been destroyed, burned and sabotaged 85 churches throughout the country and stressed that terrorist operations are directed tragically against all Syrians regardless of their beliefs.
The Christian leader charged that the conflict is an internal matter, but a war against Syria from the outside and highlighted the involvement of foreign elements in the conflict, which are even stronger opposition Syrian each segment.
Last September, the terrorist group Al-Nusra Front, linked to Al-Qaeda, took control of the Christian city of Ma’lula, home to the two oldest monasteries of Syria, however, government troops were able to recover much of that region.
The October 27 Christians held a demonstration outside a cathedral in Damascus calling for the release of their loved ones abducted by armed groups.