Greek Orthodox Priest Murdered in Syria

The body of the Greek Orthodox priest Fr. Fadi Jamil Haddad, was found today in the Jaramana neighborhood (north of Damascus ) near the place where he was kidnapped on October 19th, by an unidentified armed group. Father Haddad served the St Elie parish in Qatana, a mixed Christian and Muslim town of 15,000 inhabitants, 20 kilometers ( 12 miles ) west of Damascus .

This was confirmed by Fr. Haddad’s Greek-Orthodox confrere, who asked for anonymity. “His body was horribly tortured and his eyes gouged out,” he reported. “It is a purely terrorist act. Fr. Haddad is a martyr of our church. ” The kidnappers had asked the priest’s family and his church a ransom of 50 million Syrian pounds (over 550,000 euros). It was, however, impossible to find the money and meet this exorbitant demand.

The Orthodox Patriarchate condemned the savage crime and denounced attacks against civilians and religious figures who try to be messengers of peace under these difficult circumstances. He further called on humanitarian organisations and the public to condemn all crimes and robberies which undermine the safety of citizens.

The Syrian National Council, the main opposition bloc in exile, called Father Haddad a symbol of national unity and blamed pro-regime militiamen for his killing.


  1. This horrible event adds to my amazement that the West; USA, UK and the European Union stand by the insurgents and against the Syrian Government.  They seem not wish to pay any attention to the plight of Syrian people if the Current Government fall.  Or should the cynic part of me assume that this is what they really want given their attitude they have towards Libya and Iraq.  

  2. This is a truly horrible crime: of course the West didn’t report it, if they did they would blame the current Government. The Syrian National Council must be crazy if they think anyone would believe that pro-government militia did this. i think it is not cynical but realistic to believe that they don’t care about the people of Syria, just like they don’t care about the people of Libya & Iraq. I think that this contempt will backfire on the West…


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