ASIA/SYRIA - Armenian Catholic Patriarchate: let us pray for the end of Turkish military operations in north-east Syria

Thursday, 24 November 2022 middle east   oriental churches   wars   kurds   geopolitics   jihadists

Aleppo (Agenzia Fides) - The Armenian Catholic Patriarchate has issued an invitation to pray during the Advent season, asking the coming Savior Jesus, to also bring peace, the end of suffering and danger to the population of northeastern Syria. Area that has long been the target of shelling and military raids carried out by the Turkish armed forces against Kurdish targets. This is the request, of a spiritual nature made primarily to the communities scattered in the Middle East and the rest of the world, by the Armenian Catholic Patriarchate, while aerial bombardments, attacks with drone strikes and artillery attacks carried out at the instigation of the Turkish government against the cities of Hassaké and Qamishli and against the peoples of the Syrian provinces of Aleppo, Raqqa, Deir ez Zor and Hassakè continue. The military attacks - reads the call to prayer issued by the communication office of the Armenian Catholic Patriarchate - affect the infrastructure and thus block the supply of water and electricity, to the detriment of local populations. A scenario of pain and suffering in which - the appeal reads - it is necessary to implore in prayer that the Lord help peace to return to those lands and populations tormented by endless situations of conflict. The Turkish military incursions are justified with the aim of attacking Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria, an area de facto under the control of the Damascus government and subject to the so-called Autonomous Administration of Northeast Syria, led by the Syrian Democratic Forces, (Syrian Democratic Forces-SDF), an alliance of Kurdish-led forces and militias formed during the years of the Syrian conflict. Syrian army soldiers and civilians in the area have also been victims of the military escalation. Recently, in Hassaké, an attack on a gas plant caused a colossal fire, killing and injuring workers, while Turkish shelling in the Deir ez Zor area also alerted US military posts there. After a drone bombardment of the El-Hol camp, dozens of jihadist detainees linked to the Islamic State (Daesh) managed to escape. According to several analysts, the Turkish military offensive in all Syrian areas along the border could pave the way for a ground invasion. (GV) (Agenzia Fides, 24/11/2022)