According to an October 21 Barnabas Aid report, Islamist rebels waged war on the civilians of the Christian towns of Haffar and Saddad in Syria.
From Barnabas Aid:
Dozens of people were killed when Islamist rebels besieged the Christian towns of Saddad and Haffar in . As churches, homes and schools were looted and destroyed, 2,500 families fled, while 3,000 people, including children, were held as a human shield for a week.
Militants from the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front stormed Saddad and Haffar on Monday 21 October shouting “Allahu Akhbar” [“Allah is great”]. They set up sniper posts and launched a campaign of shelling, killing anyone they found in the streets. Children were crying in fear as the militants took over the towns.
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1,500 families were held as hostages and human shield for a week, amongst them children, old men, young men, and women. Some of them fled… some were killed and some were threatened by the bullet, by strangulation, execution and with the destruction of their houses.
Estimates of the number of Christians killed during the siege of Saddad and Haffar range from 45 to 70; children were among the dead.
Homes, businesses, schools and other public , including the hospital, were looted and destroyed; 14 church were attacked and graffitied with insults against Christianity.
Thousands fled the violence, many with just the clothes on their backs. Those who took money, documents or other valuables were robbed.