ASIA/SYRIA - Mortar attacks on two churches in Damascus. The Maronite Archbishop: our life is like a game of Russian roulette

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Damascus (Agenzia Fides) - On Sunday 23 August, a rain of mortars fell on the neighbourhood including two shells on the roof of the Maronite church. This was reported by Maronite Archbishop Samir Nassar, in an appeal-statement sent to Agenzia Fides, specifying that nine people were killed and about fifty people were wounded, as well as damaging his church and a nearby Catholic parish. "Part of the war in Syria", added Archbishop Nassar in his appeal "is to live under indiscriminate bombing, a kind of Russian roulette which is always unpredictable...". "Of those who died", added the Archbishop survivors say: "At least you will not have to see and live this cruel tragedy without end. You will not see your children, your friends and your neighbours suffer and die in the blind violence and fanatical killing unable to save them or help them without understanding why". "The survivors bury the dead without having been able to treat the wounded since they lack means and competence. They sink into silent prayer before the relics of martyrs, the seeds of Faith". (GV) (Agenzia Fides 26/08/2015)