Damascus, Syria, Jul 23, 2012 / 15:50 pm
The Syrian rebels' attack on Damascus has allowed radical Islamist groups to attack Iraqi refugees, Christians allegedly loyal to the Syrian government and other civilians.
Local Christians have expressed dismay and outrage at the attacks on defenseless civilians, a local source told Fides news agency.
The rebel group Liwa al-Islam, a Wahhabi group whose name means "The Brigade of Islam," has claimed responsibility for killing top generals in President Bashar Assad's government. On the morning of July 23, its members also killed an entire Christian family in the Damascus neighborhood of Bab Tuma.
Militants blocked the car of Nabil Zoreb, a Christian civil officer. They ordered him, his wife Violet, and his two sons George and Jimmy to get out of the car. The militants then killed them all.