The village of Maaloula
is listed on UNESCO'S tentative list
of world heritage sites.
in the village began on Wednesday when a suicide bomber struck a military checkpoint at the entrance to the village. After the bombing militants began to enter the village, patrolling the streets on foot and car.
By Thursday rebel fighters had left the village with the fighting taking place in the surrounding mountainous areas, residents of the village have spoken about their fear of rebels returning to the village later on.
The latest fighting in Syria comes as the U.S. continues to push for a military strike against the Syrian regime, for it's alleged role in using chemical weapons.
The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee has voted in approval
for a limited military operation in Syria, the proposition will now be put forward to both houses of congress to vote on.