The church was originally built in 1934.
Thomas D. Williams of Breitbart reports that the Church of the Virgin Mary was one of three main churches in the Assyrian village. Local news outlet Assyrian International News Agency (AINA) said the church was “levelled” in the bombing.
Williams writes, “Christians are a small minority in Syria, comprising just 10% of Syria’s mostly Muslim Sunni population. Assyrian Easter celebrations this year have been limited to prayers and masses because of the dire circumstances in the conflict-ridden country.”
Sunday's attack was not ISIS' first church destruction, as the group previously burned the church of Tal Hurmoz in Syria, in addition to three more churches in Tal Tamer.
Publication date: April 7, 2015