Moscow, August 19, 2013
"During the fierce skirmish, eleven Christian soldiers were killed; but they prevented desecration of the Holy Monastery," stressed Milyad. The extremists incurred casualties and retreated to the El Hosn district where the medieval crusaders' Krak des Chevaliers castle is situated. According to the eyewitness, there were many "aliens"--mercenary-jihadists, among the attackers.
For many years, the Abbot of the St. George Monastery in Humeyr was the present Patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Antioch John X (Yazigi). His brother, Metropolitan Paul (Yazigi) of Aleppo was kidnapped on April 22 in the north of Syria while on a humanitarian mission together with a companion, the Syriac Metropolitan Johanna Ibrahim.
The fate of both Hierarchs is still unknown. The An-Nahar Lebanese daily newspaper, which is close to the Christian elite, denied on Wednesday the speculations made in the press that the Metropolitans were allegedly murdered by the militants.