Above image top left and top right: Metropolitan Yohanna Ibrahim, Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo, and Metropolitan Paul Yazigi, Antiochian Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo both of whom were kidnapped when the car they were travelling in was stopped by terrorist rebels in northern Aleppo province close to the Turkish border on 22nd of April 2013. The driver of the car, Deacon Fathallah Kabud was killed by the terrorists during the course of the kidnapping. The whereabouts of the archbishops remains unknown.
Above image lower left and lower right: Fr. Michael Kayal, Armenian Catholic Church and Fr. Maher Isaac Mahfouz, Antiochian Orthodox Church both of whom were kidnapped when the bus they were travelling on near Aleppo was stopped by terrorist rebels on 9th of February 2013. The whereabouts of the priests remains unknown. There is much speculation as to whether the clergy have been killed or are still held in captivity.
The Fourth Man in the Car
There was a fourth person travelling in the car on the day the Archbishops were kidnapped and he was neither killed like the deacon nor abducted, like the Archbishops. His name is Fouad Elias. No adequate explanation has ever been provided as to why he is the only one free. He is, by coincidence, a cousin of George Sabra, a prominent member of the NATO - Gulf States funded and backed Syrian external “opposition”. Many within the church, both in Syria and the wider region, have questioned the Western media’s relative silence with regard to these and so many other crimes committed by western backed rebels. Thousands remain kidnapped and/or missing in Syria today.
The Deacon's family have left Syria
Above: The family of the Syriac Orthodox Martyr Rev. Deacon Fathallah attending his funeral at the Syriac Orthodox Church in Aleppo, April 2013. Since then some of the family of the late Deacon have left Syria, like so many other traumatised victims of the violence that has engulfed Syria they have sought refuge elsewhere. Left and below: Family members and others attend a memorial liturgy for Deacon Fathallah at the Syriac Orthodox Church of St Mary, Vienna, Austria, April 2014.