Located north of Damascus, Maalula is one of the world’s oldest Christian settlements
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad visits the ancient Christian town of Maalula which his troops recently recaptured from rebels.
The Facebook page of the Syrian presidency posted a picture of Assad standing next to a Christian priest
The three staff members of al-Manar channel were killed as Syrian regime forces retook Maaloula
The seizure of the border communities is the fastest series of army successes against rebels in the Qalamoun since November
The al-Nusra Front has shown that it has not even the most minimal of war ethics after kidnapping women and blackmailing them
The statement came despite mediators and the opposition saying nearly 150 female detainees had been freed
The 13 nuns and three maids had been kidnapped in December
Syrian people from the Christian town of Maalula, a symbol of the ancient Christian presence in Syria which is currently under control of Syrian ...
Christians in Syria are citizens who, like their fellow brothers and sisters, have been affected by the war
“Free Qalamoun” group says it wants to swap the 12 nuns for a thousand female detainees
It was not immediately clear whether the nuns had been kidnapped or merely evacuated for their own safety
Vatican Radio says some of nuns were removed to another town but cannot confirm if they were evacuated or kidnaped
Maaloula under attack as residents flee
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