About 40 nuns, orphans trapped in Syrian town as battle rages: Church
DAMASCUS (AFP) - Nearly 40 nuns and orphans are trapped inside a convent in the Syrian Christian town of Maalula, where regime troops are battling rebel forces, the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate said on Tuesday.
The famed town, where residents still speak Aramaic, the language Jesus Christ is thought to have spoken, has been the scene of clashes since earlier this month.
"The Mar Takla convent is living through painful days because it is in the middle of the zone where fire is being exchanged, which makes getting supplies difficult and dangerous," the Damascus-based Patriarchate said in a statement.
"The generator has gone out because of the fighting, halting the supply of water to the convent and threatening the lives of those inside," the statement added.