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Between Assad And ISIS, Syrian Christians Have Much To Fear

As the conflict between Assad's military and Syrian opposition forces escalates around the southern city of Daraa, religious minorities fear persecution from all sides.

A woman sits in a church in the historic Christian town of Maaloula, north of Damascus
A woman sits in a church in the historic Christian town of Maaloula, north of Damascus
Rana Rizq*

Fighting between the government of Bashar al-Assad and various opposition forces continues to intensify in Daraa province, in southern Syria. For religious minorities, the rising conflict means living in fear of persecution. By either side.

"In my village, Namir, there is no difference between Christians and Muslims," Nour, 28, who studied English literature and fled with her parents during a regime assault, told Syria Deeply. "We all had to leave."

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