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(from ONE September 2012)

Christians Trapped in Rableh
Posted: 25 Sep 2012

In late August, it was reported that some 12,000 Christians were trapped in Rableh, Syria, a village south of Homs. Some 5,000 Christians from the nearby town of Kusayr sought refuge in the entirely Christian village after armed opposition leaders ordered them to leave Kusayr.

Currently, Rableh is under siege as government and opposition forces battle over its control. Residents and refugees face a serious shortage of food and medical supplies.

The Greek Catholic Patriarchate of Antioch requested emergency assistance from CNEWA’s operating agency in the region, Pontifical Mission. At last report, local church leaders had brokered a deal to allow passage of the Pontifical Mission’s emergency food rations.