By Paul Antonopoulos for Greek City Times (31/10/2020) – A cross has been ripped down from a Greek Orthodox Church in a part of Syria controlled by U.S.-backed militants.
The St. Sergius and Bacchus Greek Orthodox Church in the city of Tabqa near Raqqa had radical Islamists remove the cross after Friday’s Islamic prayers in a local mosque.
Although commentators refer to this action as part of an anti-France protest, it clearly shows that it is anti-Christian as a Greek Orthodox Church was targeted in a city controlled by the Kurdish-led and U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.
Muslims protesters have toppled today the cross of the already ISIS ruined "St.Sergius and Bakhus greek orthodox church" in the city of Tabqa near Raqqa after the Friday prayers during the anti-France protests.
The city is controlled by the kurdish "Syrian Democratic Forces" pic.twitter.com/4DZWn0QOLo
— Wassim Hakim (@HakimWisso80) October 30, 2020
The Tabqa Regional government, acting independently from the legitimate government in Damascus, restored the cross on the church after it was originally destroyed by ISIS some years ago.
The restoration of the cross was to encourage Christians refugees to return to the city.
According to Nadine Maenza, President of Patriot Voices, ISIS and Turkey are encouraging a small group to commit these horrible acts.
Just today, the cross on this church that I visited yesterday was torn down by criminals in order to inspire fear. The Tabqa Regional govt under the Autonomous Admin of North & East #Syria had lifted the cross on this church destroyed by ISIS to encourage Christians to return.1/2 pic.twitter.com/fwvy877Tnt
— Nadine Maenza (@nadinemaenza) October 30, 2020
Prior to the ISIS invasion and destruction of the city, it was home to a minority of Christians belonging to the Greek Orthodox Church, the Assyrian Church of the East, Syriac Orthodox Church, Chaldean Catholic and Syriac Catholic Church, and various Protestants.