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Father Van der Lugt worked in Syria since 1966, refused to abandon suffering civilians during conflict. April 07, 2014 02:55 EST By Catherine Harmon
Dutch Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt prays at the residence of the Jesuit fathers in the besieged area of Homs, Syria, Jan. 29. (CNS photo/Yazan Homsy, Reuters)
The 75-year-old Van Der Lugt, an Arabic speaker, had lived in Syria for 50 years and refused to leave Homs even as hundreds of civilians were evacuated from rebel-held districts of Homs that have been besieged for more than a year by Assad’s forces. Van Der Lugt lived in the monastery in one of those neighborhoods, Bustan al-Diwan.