The Aramaic-speaking village of Maaloula, 40 miles north of Damascus, was the scene of a boloody confrontation between Syrian troops and anti-government rebels with the Al Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra.
It’s the nightmare scenario that opponents of military action against the Syrian regime have been warning Congress about – rebels with Al Qaeda ties besieging a Christian village where residents still speak the language of Jesus.
And as the fighting raged Wednesday in Maaloula, more than 80 frightened villagers took shelter in a convent that’s already home to 13 nuns and 27 orphans.
“It’s a war,” a frightened nun who asked not to be identified told the Associated Press. “It has been going from 6 a.m. in the morning.”
The siege of Maaloula, a village of about 2,000 where people still speak a version of Aramaic, began early Wednesday in classic Islamic terrorist fashion when a Jabhat al-Nusra rebel blew himself up at a regime checkpoint near the entrance to town.