(ANSAmed) - VATICAN CITY, JANUARY 10 - Around a thousand
Christians including Roman Catholics and those of the
Greek-Orthodox faith are trapped in a tiny village in North
As heavy fighting rages between loyalist groups and
opposition forces, food and electricity supplies to Yaakoubieh
have all but been cut off.
"They are in a desperate condition; they could be wiped
out", Franciscan priest Father Francois Kouseiffi told Vatican
news agency, Fides.
Kouseiffi is the pastor of a church in Hamas, Beirut,
where around 500 refugees from Syria are being looked after.
He first heard of the village's plight from the refugees in
his church, many of who come from Yaakoubieh.
Before the war around 3,000 Christians, including
Armenians, Orthodox and Catholics, lived in the village. They
have all since fled.
According to Kouseiffi nuns are trapped in Yaakoubieh too.
"The situation is grave. The faithful are trapped. We are
desperately trying to help them come to Lebanon."
"Some of our emissaries left a few days ago to go there,
but it's a dangerous journey and after a day they ended up in
"Contact with the Christians has been sporadic. They
sounded the alarm for their survival, but they could die in the