11 September 2013, 16:28

Syrian army frees ancient Christian village from extremists - media

Сирия Хомс армия руины развалины

The village of Maaloula, to the west of Damascus, a major symbol of Christianity in the region, has been freed from rebel extremist control, Russian media report, citing the country’s military.

The Al-Qaeda-affiliated fighters carried out several attacks on Maaloula since last Wednesday, having by Sunday gained control over the village.

Maaloula – a mountain village of 2,000 residents, 60km northeast of Damascus - is a major pilgrimage destination for Christians from around the world.

It’s home to some of the most ancient Orthodox Christian relics and is also one of the very few places in the world where people still speak Aramaic, a biblical-era language that Jesus is believed to have spoken.

Voice of Russia, RT

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