2012-04-26 17:09:00

Armed opposition's actions create critical situation for Syrian Christians

Moscow, April 26, Interfax - Russia is concerned by the situation of Christians in Syria, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said.

"The subject of the situation of Syria's Christian population has left the media space entirely so I would like to tell about our assessments of how difficult the situation is around the Christian communities in Syria," he said at a briefing in Moscow on Thursday.

Christians make up around 10% of the Syrian population and are indigenous residents of the country, Lukashevich recalled.

During the first three months of 2012, illegal opposition armed groups committed several attacks on Christian churches and clergy in Syria and killed several hundreds of Christians, the Foreign Ministry spokesman recalled.

Besides, actions by the armed opposition in the city of Homs forced about 90% of the city's Christians to leave their homes, he said.

"These facts once again demonstrate the harmful nature of the incitement of sectarian violence for the fate of Syria and entire region," the Russian diplomat said.