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Christians Are Caught in the Middle of Syrian Conflict

As human rights group say that the death toll of the civil war in Syria may have reached more than 200,000, Christians are finding themselves increasingly caught in the middle of the conflict. As this piece from NBC News points out, “Many Christians feel that neither Assad nor the rebels represent their interests and tens of thousands have now fled to neighboring Turkey and Lebanon.” Though an estimated 10 percent of the Syrian population is Christian and they have largely remained neutral in the conflict, the report says Christians in the country have reasons to feel threatened by both sides. The region is home to important biblical sites including Antioch and Damascus, but now many of the country’s Christians have found themselves fleeing to nearby countries to seek refuge from the violence and religious persecution …

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