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Erstellt von Leo, 26.08.2013, 10:47 Uhr · 7.587 Antworten · 329.267 Aufrufe
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achso du bist ein weib?
Zitat von BlackJack
dann sollte ich mehr aufpassen beim sprachlichen umgang mit dir. (siehe sonderregelung für frauen)
Ich hab grad irgendwo gelesen das die letzte christlich-aramäische Stadt Maaloula gestern von den dreckigen Jihadisten eingenommen und zerstört wurde...
Weiß jemand mehr ?
Islamist fighters move 12 abducted Syrian nuns from Maaloula to rebel-held town
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Published time: December 03, 2013 20:29
Edited time: December 03, 2013 21:33Get short URL
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Islamist fighters have moved the nuns abducted from a convent in the predominantly Christian town of Maaloula to a nearby town held by rebels. The leader of the Orthodox Church of Antioch has called on the international community to help save them.
Vatican envoy to Syria, Mario Zenari, said on Tuesday that 12 nuns including the convent’s mother superior had been taken from Maaloula to the rebel held town of Yabroud, some 20 km away. “They forced the sisters to evacuate and to follow them towards Yabroud,” Zenari told Reuters from Damascus by telephone, adding that he did not know for what purposes it had been done.
Zenari also said that the nuns were among the last residents remaining in Maaloula after most had fled south to Damascus.
On Monday, Syrian state television reported that several nuns had been abducted from the Greek Orthodox Monastery of Mar Thecla after Islamists captured the ancient part of the town and attacked the convent.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry sent letters to the head of the UN Security Council and the UN Secretary General urging the international community to condemn the rebel attack on Maaloula and the convent, and to put pressure on the countries supporting the rebels.
The Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, John X urged the international community on Tuesday to speak up in defense of Syria’s Christians.
“We urge the United Nations and all governments to speak out in support of Christians in Syria and to take the steps required to free these nuns from capture,” his statement says.
Febronia Nabhan, the mother superior of another convent in Maaloula, said that apart from the nuns, three “young maids” were taken from the convent on Monday.
Nabhan told the AFP that she talked with Mar Thecla’s mother superior, Pelagia Sayaf, on her phone Monday evening and was told they were in Yabrud, which is located some 80km north of Damascus,“comfortably installed in a house.”
Syrian state television reported that Christians had held a service in Damascus, Monday, to protest against the kidnapping of the nuns as well as for two bishops who were abducted near Aleppo in April.
A report by the pan Arabic satellite TV channel Al Mayadeen said that the Syrian soldiers along with local militias were launching an operation to liberate Maaloula.
The rebels who attacked the town reportedly came over from the nearby town of Nabak in which Syrian forces are carrying out anti-terrorist operations.
The fighting in Maaloula is part of a wider struggle between Al-Qaeda linked fighters of the Nusra Front and the Syrian army for control of the strategic Damascus-Homs highway, which passes close by the town.
Maaloula was the scene of heavy fighting in September. It is considered to be one of the birthplaces of Christianity and is home to a number of shrines and monasteries, which are listed as UNESCO world heritage sites.
According to the Syrian Patriarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic church, Gregory Laham, some 450,000 Syrian Christians have been forced from their homes by the civil war that began in March 2011. He added that “at least 57 Christian sites” have been damaged or destroyed since the beginning of hostilities, and blamed the United States and its Western allies for aggravating the situation by providing assistance to the rebels.
Christians, who comprise about 10 percent of Syria's population, are viewed as supporters of President Bashar Assad, fearing the Islamist ideology of some rebels. This has made them the target of attacks.
“I believe it is all systematic and planned,” Sami Housni, a Christian priest in Damascus told RT. “Forcing Christians to leave… In Iraq, for instance, less than 200,000 Christians remain. We do have concerns, we do hope to stick to our land – Syria, which is the cradle of Christianity. We also hope that the Pope and heads of Christian denominations shall call for denouncing violence and adopting dialogue.”
Ist die Al Nussra eigentlich hier im Westen als Terrororganisation eingestuft wie die PKK zb? FSA soweit ich weiss nicht.
Ja Spiegel. Ich geh von der BRD aus.
Security concerns plague Syrian chemical weapons removal
Published time: December 05, 2013 10:34Get short URL
A Rebel fighter aims his weapon during fighting against Syrian government forces.(AFP Photo / Jm Lopez)
Efforts to remove Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons in compliance with a UN-sanctioned deal are being hampered by bad security conditions due to a civil war that continues to ravage the nation.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is drafting plans for the removal of Syria’s estimated 1,000 tons of hazardous chemicals, including Sarin, Mustard gas and VX nerve gas.
The plan calls for a Danish vessel to transfer its chemical cargo to an American ship. However, using overland routes to transport the chemical weapons is a risky option given that Syria remains in the grip of a bitter and protracted civil war.
Sigrid Kaag, head of the UN mission for the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, told a press conference on Wednesday "there are factors beyond our control" that could interfere with the OPCW’s efforts to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons by mid-2014.
Kaag said poor security conditions on the highway connecting the capital Damascus to the port city of Latakia forced her to take an airplane to Beirut and then a helicopter to Latakia for a recent meeting.
Following her briefing to the UN Security Council, Kaag said if that road is inaccessible due to security reasons, "it's a real issue."
However, getting the chemical weapons to the Mediterranean coast is just part of the problem. Once in Latakia, the hazardous cargo will be taken aboard a Danish ship, which will then deliver the shipment to the Cape Ray, an American vessel specially outfitted with equipment to neutralize the weapons.
Due to the hostile relations between Damascus and Washington, the US vessel will not dock at Latakia, not to mention the Russian naval base of Tartus, the second largest port city in Syria. Instead, the US ship will be forced to meet the Danish ship in international waters off the coast of Syria, or at a foreign harbor.
The Cape Ray is being equipped with a newly designed Field Deployable Hydrolysis System, which neutralizes chemical weapons with a mixture of fresh water and other additive, including sodium hydroxide and sodium hypochlorite.
A crew of 15 trained personnel will supervise the process.
"It looks solid," Jean Pascal Zanders, a Belgian chemical weapons expert told the Guardian. "With regards to safety and security they seem to have things covered. There will be no sea dumping, and no release into the air."
The United States and Russia reached a historic agreement on September 14 that called for Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons to be destroyed by the middle of 2014 in a last-ditch effort to halt looming American airstrikes.
Washington blamed Syrian president Bashar Assad for ordering a chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs on August 21, 2013, which caused the death of hundreds of civilians. Moscow rejected the argument, saying there was no proof the Syrian opposition did not carry out the attacks.
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