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Monitor Group: Bashar al-Assad ‘Main Threat for Christians’ in Syria
The Iranian- and Russian-backed regime of dictator Bashar al-Assad is behind more than 60 percent of the 124 attacks against Christian places of worship in Syria during the ongoing war, according to a report unveiled Monday by a monitor group linked to the opposition.
Assad has repeatedly described himself as the “protector” of religious minorities, a claim rejected by the assessment.
Of the 124 attacks on Christian places of worship by all sides in the conflict between March 2011 and September 2019, the Syrian regime and its Iranian and Russian supporters are reportedly responsible for 75 (about 60.5 percent).
Opposition forces carried out 33 attacks (27 percent), while jihadis, including the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and al-Qaeda-linked terrorists, are behind 12 (ten percent).
The report attributes the remaining four (three percent) to “other parties.”
Perpetrators deliberately attacked some of the Christian places of worship more than once.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR), one of the top independent groups monitoring the conflict in Syria for the United Nations, authored the new report in cooperation with the activist group Americans for a Free Syria (AFS).