A Christian man was beheaded by Syrian rebels in the northern town of Ras al-Ayn on Monday, nun told The Daily Mail. The war is becoming increasingly sectarian, the nun said, and Christians are being targeted as a result. Many Syrian Christians fear that persecution will escalate with the rise of Islamic extremism, especially if President Bashar al-Assad is overthrown.
12/31/2012 Syria (Al Arabiya) – A nun sounded the alarm that the Syrian conflict was becoming sectarian when she said that a Christian man was beheaded by Syrian rebels in the northern town of Ras al-Ayn on the Turkish border, and his body was fed to dogs, a British newspaper reported Monday.
Sister Agnes-Mariam de la Croix speaking from her sanctuary in Lebanon said the newlywed taxi driver, Andrei Arbashe, was kidnapped after his brother was heard complaining that the rebels fighting against beleaguered President Bashar al-Assad were behaving like bandits, The Daily Mail reported.
The 38-year-old Arbashe, who was soon to be a father, was found headless by the side of the road, surrounded by hungry dogs, Sister Agnes-Miriam, who is mother superior of the Monastery of St James the Mutilated, added.
Christians in Syria, who many of them still support Assad regime, were previously given concessions by the Syrian regime to appease them. The Christians, a minority, also skeptical over regime change in the country as they fear the rise of Islamists.