Christians and Muslims join hands against the ISIS militias; while protecting a Christian town in Syria.
In keeping with details, ISIS has launched an advance against Sadad, a Christian majority town in Syria. Seeing the looming threat, the local Christian and Muslim fighters have jointly taken up the task of fending off the terrorists.
Mor Ignatius Aphrem Karim II, the Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, while talking during an interview with the Newsweek, stated that Sadad has been under siege. However, when the ISIS militants had attacked the town, about 200 Syriac Christian fighters took on the battle to defend their town from the terror group. These Christian fighters were joined by local Muslims from across Syria in an attempt to collectively push the attackers back.
“ISIS advanced toward Sadad but they were not able to enter. The young people in Sadad, with the help of some armed groups, were able to fight back and push IS back to where they started. They are helped by some groups coming from different parts of Syria also.”
He said that young Christians have been zealously fighting for their town, which is encouraging to that Christian youth is determined to defend their homeland. “To see them ready to fight and to sacrifice for their land, I think that’s what’s very meaningful, that made me very proud of them. It is better that we stay in our homeland. If we die here, we are defending our homeland and we are not trying to flee.”
On the other hand, a Syriac Christian fighter who is actively engaged in defending his town Sadad told media that Muslims from all over Syria had arrived in Sadad, to fight against ISIS. “It is a symbolic place for us and we will not allow it to fall again,” he said
Moreover, the Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh of the Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Homs and Hama had warned that if case Sadad falls into the hands of ISIS militants, it would account for loss of the “centre of Christianity in our diocese.”