Terror group ISIS bulldozes a 1,600-year-old church and monastery after purportedly kidnapping and beheading its inhabitants.
According to media reports, the terror group has bulldozed an ancient church and monastery near the Syrian city of Homs. The church is said to have been constructed on the spot where Saint Elian died. Saint Elian was killed by his father who was a Roman officer because his son refused to denounce his Christian faith.
The church and monastery was an admired pilgrim site for Christians as they poured in from throughout the Middle East. Despite this, Roman frescos which were along with the oldest paintings in the region were housed in the church and monastery.
A video was released by ISIS showing brutal militants bulldozing the ancient Mar Elian monastery to the ground. What is more, they even dig up and desecrated the bones of the Christian saint. In the video the ISIS militants can be seen cheerfully eliminating the remains of Saint Elian, from his ancient stone coffin.
The monastery was named after Saint Elian and had been renovated quite a few times in recent years. Nonetheless, there were reports that ISIS jihadists had also kidnapped the monastery’s abbot, Father Jacques Mouraud and a church volunteer, Botros Hanna, who are both now feared to be executed by the terrorists.
ISIS said that,”they bulldozed the church because it was dedicated to a God other than Allah.”