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The government of Turkey recently seized six churches as state property in the war-torn southwestern portion of the country. These churches, one dating back 1,700 years ago, are now property of the primarily Islamic nation of Turkey. The Christian communities in this region have greatly suffered in the recent months of conflict, with some Christians being prevented from accessing their church buildings due to the violence in the city center of Diyarbakir. Photo: The 1,700-year-old Virgin Mary Syriac Orthodox Church in Diyarbakir was one of the churches seized (World Watch Monitor). Read more: