Al-Qaeda militants bomb Christian town in Syria’s Hama

Sqelbiya town. File photo

ARA News

HAMA – Islamist fighters of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front on Sunday bombed a Christian town in Syria’s central province of Hama, killing and wounding a number of civilians. 

Local sources reported the death of at least four civilians and the injury of nine others in the town of Sqelbiya in Hama province. 

“Nusra fighters, backed by rebels of the Ahrar al-Sham, shelled Sqelbiya with at least 14 mortars on Sunday,” media activist Abboud Sarkis told ARA News in the embattled town. 

“The offensive targeted residential neighborhoods in Sqelbiya, causing the death and injury of more than fifteen civilians,” the source reported.

“Also, the bombardment has caused mass destruction in residential buildings, and rescue teams are still looking for victims under the rubble,” Sarkis added. 

Sqelbiya town, where Christians constitute a majority, is under the control of the Syrian regime forces. The town has earlier been exposed to several attacks by Islamist factions that have been struggling to take over the strategic town for months. 

Reporting by: Jane Jouniye

Source: ARA News 

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