YEREVAN (Public Radio of Armenia)—The Assyrian International News Agency (AINA) has released the list of Christian churches and monasteries in Syria that have been destroyed by ISIS and other Muslim groups, including a total of three Armenian Churches.
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.
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.
According to the agency, three Armenian Churches have also been destroyed by terrorists. The St. Rita Tilel Armenian Church in Aleppo was bombed by ISIS on April 28. The Armenian Genocide Memorial Church in Der Zor was destroyed by ISIS in September, 2014. The Armenian Catholic Church of the Martyrs was torched by ISIS and its cross atop its clock tower removed.