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A view shows debris inside the Saint Takla Monastery in Maalul on April 20, 2014.
A view shows debris inside the Saint Takla Monastery in Maalul on April 20, 2014.
(Khaled Al Hariri/REUTERS)

PATRICK MARTIN

Syria’s ancient Christian village: No longer a pretty picture

The international community was shocked Thursday when bombs planted by rebel jihadists in tunnels beneath the city of Aleppo destroyed a large hotel and inflicted further damage to the war-torn ancient city’s historic core.

But what has largely escaped international attention this week is the extent of damage wrought by the same kind of jihadists to age-old Christian sites in the mountain village of Maalula, home to one of the few communities in the world that still speaks Aramaic, the Hebrew language of Jesus.