The Orthodox Church of Sts. Constantine and Helen looted and burned in the town of Yabroud
In the Syrian city of Yabrud Islamist terrorists have ruined one of the country’s oldest Christian shrines - the church of Sts. Constantine and Helen. The building dates back to the first millennium BC, when the site was a pagan temple. It became a church in 331 AD. The Church contained a collection of priceless historical icons and church utensils. On February 21 first reports emerged of the desecration of the Church. Some locals report and the crime was committed by a group of people of European appearance who arrived under the protection of militants, and that they were armed with M-16 rifles and other small arms. For an hour they emptied out of the church of its valuables, and set fire to the building.