A Dozen Christians Killed in Church in Syria

News Brief — Dec 21, 2013

Syria’s foreign-backed militants have killed 12 people in an attack against a church in the southwest of the country.
The militants fired several mortar shells against the church in the city of Daraa while the church volunteers were distributing charity aid to locals, China’s Xinhua reported on Saturday.
On Thursday, Patriarch of the Church of Antioch Gregory III Laham said up to 1,000 Christians had been killed and over 450,000 others displaced by the unrest in Syria.
Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Syria’s population, have been targeted in numerous attacks by extremist groups since the outbreak of violence in the country in March 2011.
What is most telling about this latest atrocity however, is that it is not being reported by any other media beyond China’s Xinhau, Iran’s Press TV and some local Syrian outlets.
Anti-government forces have just massacred a dozen Christian civilians in a Syrian church in the run-up to Christmas, and the world’s media responds not with cries of outrage or alarm but with almost total silence.
Perhaps they didn’t want to distract us from Christmas shopping?
Or maybe it was decided to play down the incident. After all, anti-government forces in Syria have received extensive covert assistance from the West and their allies in the gulf. In the run-up to Christmas the last thing they want is for them to be exposed as the terrorists they really are.
Hence the media’s lack of response. At the time of writing no major Western media outlet is reporting this story. Beyond Iran’s Press TV and China’s Xinhua there is a virtual media blackout on it.

Contrast the lack of coverage in the Western news media with that accorded to the death in a Syrian prison of Dr Abbas Khan, from Manchester. There are more than one hundred stories about Dr Khan’s death but absolutely none about the massacre of Syrian Christians.

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