Beirut, Lebanon, Jun 11, 2012 / 16:41 pm
An ultimatum from the Syrian armed opposition's military chief caused over 1,000 Christians to flee the west Syrian town of Qusayr, adding to fears that believers may be forced out of Syria.
"The Christian communities fear being targeted, destroyed or driven out," said Neville Kyrke-Smith, Aid to the Church in Need's U.K. director. "We all need to stand in prayer and solidarity now."
Kyrke-Smith, who returned from Lebanon on June 11, told CNA that the report of Christian flight echoes the concerns he heard from bishops, priests, and religious communities concerned about Christians' fate in neighboring Syria.
"The message time and again was 'please do not forget the Christians of the Middle East,'" he reported.