From the Assyrian news agency http://www.aina.org comes this story. The Mar Elian monastery was in the same spot since the 400s.
The Der Zor memorial church was built in memory of the 1.5 million Armenian Christians massacred in 1915-1918: Der Zor was the place where surviving women and children – most of them orphans – were dumped by the Turkish soldiers in the desert to die. Syrian and foreign Christians came to their rescue. The grandchildren of those orphans are now homeless.
Christians who escape the jihadists now are leaving refugee camps because they are being attacked there by Muslim refugees. https://barnabasfund.org/news/Muslim-refugees-persecute-Christian-refugees-in-German-camps
The US has admitted A GRAND TOTAL OF 53 CHRISTIANS FROM SYRIA IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS, despite the consistent statements of the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury that Christians face extinction.
Our State Department bemoans the genocide of the Yazidi, but will not give that same protection to Christians.http://www.nationalreview.com/article/427044/christians-isis-genocide-obama-administration
And the world powers spent hours upon hours in Paris working on an agreement to stop climate change. Wonderful.
(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 (AINA2015-08-20).
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.