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Friday, April 18, 2014

With Easter Approaching, Christians Targeted In Syria

A look at the damage inside the Mar Sarkis Greek Catholic monastery in the ancient Christian town of Maalula, northeast of Damascus, after Syrian government forces took control of the town from rebel fighters, a day after President Bashar al-Assad said the three-year old civil war was turning in his favor. Violence against Christians and destruction of churches has escalated in Syria. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

A look at the damage inside the Mar Sarkis Greek Catholic monastery on April 14, in the ancient Christian town of Maalula, northeast of Damascus, after Syrian government forces took control of the town from rebel fighters, a day after President Bashar al-Assad said the three-year old civil war was turning in his favor. Violence against Christians and destruction of churches has escalated in Syria. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

In Syria, targeted violence against Christians has escalated.

Many Christians are reported to have been abducted, physically harmed or killed, and churches damaged or destroyed. Among the dead is a beloved Dutch priest, 75-year-old Fr. Frans van der Lugt.

Christians have already fled the country, but a Jesuit priest, Fr. Nawras Samour, has decided to stay behind.

The BBC’s Lyse Doucet reports.

Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the H&N podcast or with the WBUR mobile app.

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