ISIS blows up 80-year-old Assyrian Christian church on Easter

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Christian and Kurdish militias have been fighting the Islamic State group in Tel Nasri and other villages in the area.
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Built in 1934, Church of the Virgin Mary is one of three main churches in the village
Residents of Tel Nasri village in the Hassaka province got a most evil surprise on Easter Sunday. The Islamic State detonated a church in an Assyrian Christian village in northeastern Syria.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – According to the Syrian news agency, residents of Tel Nasri village in the Hassaka province said that the Islamic State militants planted explosives in the Church of the Virgin Mary, an 80-year-old structure.

The reports did not note if anyone was inside or if there were any casualties.

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Blown up on the day Christians around the world celebrate Easter Sunday, this included those who have fled their homes in Syria and Iraq. Those who are members of the Orthodox Christian church celebrated Palm Sunday.

According to the Assyrian International News Agency, which covers the plight of Middle East Christians, the church was leveled after Assyrian and Kurdish fighters tried to reenter the village.

Christian and Kurdish militias have been fighting the Islamic State group in Tel Nasri and other villages in the area.

Built in 1934, the decimated church is one of three main churches in the village. Even the name of the town reflects its long connection to Christianity; Middle East analyst Raymond Ibrahim noted that Tel Nasri can be “loosely translated as ‘Christian Hill.'”

Islamic State militants have destroyed religious sites including churches, Shiite mosques and other shrines in the Syrian and Iraqi towns, which they have overrun.

Pope Francis, in his Easter address prayed for an end to the persecution of Christians.

“We ask Jesus, the victor over death, to lighten the sufferings of our many brothers and sisters who are persecuted for his name, and of all those who suffer injustice as a result of ongoing conflicts and violence, and there are many,” he said.
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