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Volume 44, Number 2
  
12 June 2013
J.D. Conor Mauro




In this video, Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons reports on the state of the war in Syria. In this struggle, morale is flagging, sectarian hatred is growing and civilians are increasingly victimized. (video: Al Jazeera)

Reports of ‘massacre’ in eastern Syria (Al Jazeera) Syrian rebels have attacked a village in the country’s east, killing dozens of Shia Muslims, activists said. A Syrian government official on Wednesday denounced the attack that occurred a day earlier, saying it was a “massacre” of civilians. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 60 people were killed in the village of Hatla in the oil-rich province of Deir al Zour, bordering Iraq. The reported killings highlight the sectarian nature of Syria’s conflict that has killed more than 94,000 people, according to the United Nations…

Coptic pope holds meeting on Nile dispute (Ahram Online) Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II held a meeting with Egyptian Christian public figures to discuss the ongoing row over Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam project on Tuesday, in advance of scheduled trip to Cairo by head of Ethiopia’s Orthodox Tewahedo Church. Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam project has been a source of concern for the Egyptian government, which fears that the project, if completed, could negatively impact the volume of Nile water reaching Egypt…

United for reconciliation with Muslims, Christians return to Qusayr (AsiaNews) After fleeing to surrounding villages and the capital, Damascus, Christians from Qusayr are returning to their homes after almost two years. Many have lost everything; some have started to remove rubble from rooms and rebuild roofs, bringing life back to a city that in recent months had lost more than 98 percent of its population, going from 30,000 inhabitants to 500…

Coptic Christians flee from Egypt to Georgia (AINA) Coptic Orthodox say that Georgia’s strong Orthodox Christian heritage — Eastern Christianity took root here in the 4th century — motivated them to make the move. The country’s relative proximity (Tbilisi is roughly a two-and-a-half-hour flight from Cairo) and reputation for relatively lax business and visa regulations also played a role. Around 2,500 Coptic Egyptians currently live in Georgia, according to the Ministry of Justice’s Public Service Development Agency, which manages residence data. Most arrived this year and live in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi; a few hundred have settled a few hours’ drive to the west in the parliamentary seat of Kutaisi…

Turkish protesters defy warning, battle police in Taksim Square (Los Angeles Times) Protesters defying a blunt warning from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan engaged in running battles Tuesday with police who unleashed clouds of tear gas and blasts of water cannons in an effort to end nearly two weeks of protest…



Tags: Middle East Christians Syrian Civil War Turkey Coptic Christians Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II