Militants Attack St. Elijah Monastery in Syria

Militants Attack St. Elijah Monastery in Syria

The Voice of Russia, May 12, 2013

Syrian militants attacked on Saturday the ancient St. Elijah Orthodox Christian monastery near Al-Qusayr not far from the Lebanese border.

The militants ransacked the cloister, destroyed the sanctuary, blew up the belfry and tore down the statue of St. Prophet Elijah who is equally revered in Syria by both Christians and Muslims, Syria’s SANA news agency reports, quoting the head of the monastery, hegumen Gadir Ibrahim.

The hegumen believes the attack to be the work of foreign mercenaries.