ASIA/SYRIA - Bishop of Aleppo: "No one here believes that the US massacre of Syrian soldiers was a 'mistake' "

Monday, 19 September 2016 geopolitics   wars   international politics   ecumenicalism

Aleppo (Agenzia Fides) - "The truce which began on Monday seems to be on the point of failing. Even last night we heard the government aviation raids on area in the hands of rebels. And certainly, no one here believes that the massacre of Syrian soldiers caused by the US bombing on a barrack was a mistake". This is what Bishop George Abu Khazen OFM, Apostolic Vicar of Aleppo for the Catholics of the Latin rite, reports to Fides Agency the feelings of the population living in the central area of the city. "That air strike, which killed at least ninety soldiers" says the Franciscan Bishop, "seems to confirm the ambiguity of the US choices in the Syrian scenario, and even the suspicions of those who say that the United States created the Islamic state (Daesh) and are using it. With all the tools and weapons at their disposal, that air raid could not have been an accident, since that barracks was not there yesterday".
The Apostolic Vicar confirms that "the Turks are also taking control of vast Syrian territories close to the border", but also reports the signs of hope that in these extreme conditions continue to affect the lives of Christians in Aleppo. "Yesterday", says Bishop Khazen to Fides, "we celebrated a Mass of thanksgiving for the canonization of Mother Teresa. The church was full, the Bishops and faithful of all the Churches in Aleppo were present. As pastors, we are comforted by the sight of so many Christians who live the tremendous moment we are going through in faith. I get emotional when I think that thanks to their faith the Lord will bless us and give us His peace". (GV) (Agenzia Fides 19/09/2016)