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List of Assyrian and Other Churches Destroyed in Syria

St. Mary's Assyrian Church in the northeastern Syrian village of Tel Nasri, destroyed by ISIS.
(AINA) -- The following is a list of Assyrian churches and monasteries in Syria that have been destroyed by ISIS and other Muslim groups. Also included is a list of non-Assyrian churches that have been destroyed.

Attacks on Christians in Syria began almost immediately after the Syrian civil war began. The attacks have targeted villages, churches monasteries and the clergy, and have been perpetrated by Al-Qaeda, The Al-Nusra Front, ISIS and other Muslim groups.

Destroyed Assyrian Churches

On February 23 ISIS attacked the 35 Assyrian villages on the Khabur river in Hasaka, Syria, capturing 253 Assyrians. In the subsequent months it destroyed 11 churches and villages, rendering some villages uninhabitable.

VillageChurch
Tel NasriSt. Mary Church
Tel JazirahSt. John Church
Tel ShamiramSt. Bishu Church
Tel TalaaSt. Sleewa Church
Abu TenaSt. Shimun Church
Qabr ShamiyaSt. Qoryaqos Church
Tel BaloaaSt. Shimon Church
KharitaSt. Shimun Church
Tel MeghadaSt. Qoryaqos Church
Tel TalSt. Odisho Church
Tel HormizdRaban Pityou Church

Related: Attacks on Assyrians in Syria By ISIS and Other Muslim Groups

The cross of the Mar Bishu Church in the Assyrian village of Tel Shamiram, Syria, remains standing, but the church was completely leveled by ISIS (screen capture).

The St. Odisho Assyrian Church in Tel Tal, Syria, was bombed by ISIS.

St. Bishu Church in the Assyrian village of Tel Shamiran, Syria, was destroyed by ISIS.

Monasteries

St. Elian monastery in Qaryatain, Syria, which is near Homs, was destroyed by ISIS after it captured Qaryatain on August 6 (AINA 2015-08-20).

An ISIS fighter stands in the rubble of St. Elian monastery, an Assyrian monastery from the 5th century, after it has been destroyed.

Non Assyrian Churches

  • The St. Rita Tilel Armenian Church in Aleppo was bombed by ISIS on April 28 (AINA 2015-04-29).
  • The Armenian Genocide Memorial Church in Der Zor was destroyed by ISIS in September, 2014.
  • The Greek Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation in the northern city of Raqa was torched by ISIS
  • The Armenian Catholic Church of the Martyrs was torched by ISIS and its cross atop its clock tower removed.
  • Our Lady of Peace church was occupied by the rebels.

The Antiochian Orthodox church of Sts. Sergius and Bacchus, occupied by Al-Nusra Front

The Armenian Genocide Memorial Church in Der Zor.


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