(AINA) – The following is a list of Assyrian churches and monasteries in Syria that have been destroyed by ISIS and other Muslim groups. Also included is a list of non-Assyrian churches that have been destroyed.
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.
Destroyed Assyrian Churches
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.
- Tel Nasri, St. Mary Church
- Tel Jazirah, St. John Church
- Tel Shamiram, St. Bishu Church
- Tel Talaa, St. Sleewa Church
- Abu Tena, St. Shimun Church
- Qabr Shamiya, St. Qoryaqos Church
- Tel Baloaa, St. Shimon Church
- Kharita, St. Shimun Church
- Tel Meghada, St. Qoryaqos Church
- Tel Tal, St. Odisho Church
- Tel Hormizd, Raban Pityou Church
St. Elian monastery in Qaryatain, Syria, which is near Homs, was destroyed by ISIS after it captured Qaryatain on August 6 (AINA 2015-08-20).
Non Assyrian Churches
- The St. Rita Tilel Armenian Church in Aleppo was bombed by ISIS on April 28 (AINA 2015-04-29).
- The Armenian Genocide Memorial Church in Der Zor was destroyed by ISIS in September, 2014.
- The Greek Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation in the northern city of Raqa was torched by ISIS
- The Armenian Catholic Church of the Martyrs was torched by ISIS and its cross atop its clock tower removed.
- Our Lady of Peace church was occupied by the rebels.
Tel Shamiram village after the liberation (Syriac Military Council
Photo Caption 1: St. Mary’s Assyrian Church in the northeastern Syrian village of Tal Nasri, destroyed by ISIS.
Photo Caption 2: The cross of the Mar Bishu Church in the Assyrian village of Tel Shamiram, Syria, remains standing, but the church was completely leveled by ISIS (screen capture).
Photo Caption 3: The St. Odisho Assyrian Church in Tel Tal, Syria, was bombed by ISIS.
Photo Caption 4: St. Bishu Church in the Assyrian village of Tel Shamiran, Syria, was destroyed by ISIS.
Photo Caption 5: An ISIS fighter stands in the rubble of St. Elian monastery, an Assyrian monastery from the 5th century, after it has been destroyed.
Photo Caption 6:
The Antiochian Orthodox church of Sts. Sergius and Bacchus, occupied by Al-Nusra Front
Photo Caption 7: The Armenian Genocide Memorial Church in Der Zor.