Syria priest beheaded by Jabhat al-Nusra-linked militants

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The Vatican confirmed on Monday (July 1st) that a Syrian Catholic priest was beheaded June 23rd by Jabhat al-Nusra-linked militants in a convent in Gassanieh, northern Syria.

"On Sunday, June 23rd Syrian priest François Murad was killed in Gassanieh, in northern Syria, in the convent of the Custody of the Holy Land where he had taken refuge," a Vatican statement said.

"According to local sources, the monastery where Murad was staying was attacked by militants linked to Jabhat al-Nusra," the statement said.

Murad, 49, had started to build a Syriac Catholic hermitage in Gassanieh and moved to the convent after the hermitage was bombed at the start of the Syrian conflict, the statement said.

Al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra has been imposing its extremist views on the local community in Aleppo and other parts of Syria. In June, men affiliated with al-Qaeda executed a Syrian boy in front of his parents and siblings in Aleppo.

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    هاشم يونس

    2013-7-11

    If Bashar knew that there are Arab rulers who can obliterate him and subdue him, he would not have killed innocent Syrians like this nor would he bombard the city of Damascus. But when the bastard Bashar found no one to hold him accountable or deter him, he was able to continue his despotism, brutality and killing of god’s creation in Syria. Woe to him and to his actions that will inevitably prompt strong reactions, and there is no doubt that god’s wrath will come down on him come what may.

  • ناجي وحيد

    2013-7-11

    I think that the crimes that are happening in Syria are going beyond limits, and all of that is because of the Nusra Front who wants to annihilate the Syrian people. But I don’t understand how Nusra Front gunmen could decapitate the Syrian monk and how can they be so brutal, so much so that they do such thing. Certainly, the Nusra Front has a specific agenda through which it wants to take control over the whole of Syria, but here is where the Syrians will get caught between a rock and a hard place. The rock is Bashar al-Assad while the hard place is the Nusra Front. In turn, the level of crimes will increase in Syrian and the victims of both sides will be the Syrian people.

  • عبدالرحمن مرتضي

    2013-7-11

    In my opinion, the crimes of the Nusra Front in Syria have increased in a despicable manner and only god knows what else could happen. As we know, the killing of the Syrian boy who has been killed in front of his family was an incident that shook the whole world. However, there is now yet another grave incident that has taken place in Syria in which a Syrian monk had his head cut off. The question is: why is the Nusra Front so atrocious? Ostensibly the presence of the Nusra Front in Syria was aimed at doing away with the Syrian regime? If that is not the case, is the Nusra Front aiming now to kill the Syrians regardless of their creed? I myself oppose the presence of the Nusra Front in Syria all together because it is only increasing the burden of the Syrian people and is not helping them at all. As we can see, the Syrian people need someone to help them, not someone to increase the crimes in Syria. But it shouldn’t be a surprise to see the Nusra Front doing these things in Syria because the Nusra Front has been taught at the hands of al-Qaeda organization. In other words, the Nusra Front has learned hardcore terrorism, and this is the result of that. But the question is: how can the Syrian people do away with the crimes that are taking place in Syria, which are done by Bashar al-Assad and the Nusra Front? Until when will their crimes continue in Syria? I hope that they will no longer be in Syria because the Syrians want to get rid of them.

  • محمود الشمرى

    2013-7-10

    Everyone has a wish in life and if there is a wish for any Syrian who loves his country now, or any Arab dreaming about Arabism and the Arab nation, his dream and wish will be for Syria to live in peace and security and to get rid of Bashar and his oppression along with Hezobllah and Hasan Nasrallah who's concern is only the Iranian funding. Those people are mercenaries without any principle, religion or anything. It is not our decision, rather their behaviour and way of living life is stressing this and, God willing, they will lose. You will lose O Syrian regime. You will lose O Hezbollah.

  • سيف الدين على

    2013-7-5

    May Allah help the Syrian people. He who sees the fights currently taking place in Syria, in addition to the tragedy that the Syrian people live in when they control everything and commit those crimes. The most important and ugliest crime is the killing of the Syrian monk and they did not even respectfully kill him, they even cut off his head, and this is an extreme humiliation. I see that the al-Nusra Front is committing crimes just to interfere in Syria. All their excuses are that they want to eliminate unbelief in Syria, and I think that the kid they killed in front of his family, was also under the excuse of his being an infidel. They also killed the monk and by this they made the Vatican involved in the issues. This is a huge insult not only to Syria but also to Christianity, because they are not the ones to try Christians or infidels because God did not order them to kill an infidel or a Christian. There should be some interference and if it ends up like this, many crimes will take place in Syria that we could manage without.