ASIA/TURKEY - Christian Associations react to false rumors about the discovery of weapons in a church in Diyarbakir

Thursday, 4 February 2016 area crisis  

Diyarbakir (Agenzia Fides) - The Federation of Assyrian associations have reacted harshly to the rumors - circulated in recent days on the Turkish media - that a cache of weapons and ammunition belonging to Kurdish armed groups was discovered by the army in Ankara at the Syrian Orthodox church of Santa Maria, in Diyarbakir. "More lies, another disgrace, still an operation aimed to hit a target", wrote the international network of associations linked to the sire and Assyrian Christian communities scattered throughout the world in a statement. "We" says the statement sent to Agenzia Fides, "condemn this hostile attitude, which affects all Syrians and which was intended to indicate a target. We invite all members of the government, especially the Minister of the Interior and the governor of Diyarbakir, to take the necessary steps and to punish those responsible". At the moment, there are no official statements that reflect the media rumors about the alleged discovery of weapons in the Syrian Orthodox church in Diyarbakir.
In late January (see Fides 29/01/2016), the church was damaged during the Turkish military offensive against the positions of the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK). The damage was caused by the bombings carried out by the Turkish army. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 04/02/2016)