ANTAKYA, Turkey -- At 1
a.m. last Sunday, in the farming town of Surgu, about six hours away
from here, a mob formed at the Evli family's door.
The ill will had been
brewing for days, ever since the Evli family chased away a drummer who
had been trying to rouse people to a predawn Ramadan feast. The Evlis
are Alawite, a historically persecuted minority sect of Islam, and also
the sect of Syria's embattled leaders, and many Alawites do not follow
Islamic traditions like fasting for Ramadan.
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