It is the latest front line of the civil war in Syria, the historic christian town of Maaloula but a Syrian monitoring group now says rebels linked to Al Qaeda have taken control of the town, which is just an hour's drive from Damascus.
The attack on the town Maaloula was led by rebels with known links to Al Qaeda.
Even in the face of possible chemical weapons use by Assad, Syria's Christians are afraid that they will not be protected should a possible military strikes happen.
This is because Christians, like a lot of other minorities, are gathered around the Assad regime because it backed up Ba'athism, a political party that is secular in nature and allows Christians to play an equal part in society, in a teleconference today a prominent Syrian evangelical minister said they need to be empowered to solve the issues on their own.
"will enable us to prove that there is a seriously Christians presence and therefore our salvation comes from within and not from outside through others," said the minister.
The town of Maaloula is one the last places on earth that speaks Aramaic, the language of Jesus is still spoken in everyday life.
Maaloula may only be small, but it's attack at the hands of Islamist is symbolically huge and will send shock waves that will be felt all the way to our nations capitol.