2 Lifeless and 12 Injured in Assault on New Orthodox Church Saint Sophia in Syria

by Fabio Giuseppe Carlo Carisio for VT Mediterranean  Two have been killed and 12 others…

by Fabio Giuseppe Carlo Carisio for VT Mediterranean 

Two have been killed and 12 others have been injured in Syria on Sunday, July 24, in a rocket assault in the course of the inauguration of the Orthodox Church of Saint Sophia. The church, referred to as Aya Sofia in Arabic, is positioned within the city of al-Suqaylabiyah close to Hama (central Syria).https://www.gospanews.internet/en/2022/07/06/neverending-war-crimes-in-syria-under-natos-shield-israeli-and-us-airstrikes-turkish-persecution-on-rojava-population/

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH) confirmed the assault, saying it was presumably a shelling or a drone assault by insurgent factions, positioned in close by areas. The explosion happened 15 meters from the households and the archbishops of Hama, Nicolas Baalbaki, and Homs, Georges Abou Zahem, gathered in entrance of the constructing.

The Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, John X, condemned the attacksaying, “Our youngsters in Suqaylabiyah are paying the value of their religion with blood.” He continued, “What occurred in Suqaylabiyah is a despicable and reprehensible act of terrorism.”

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Violence and terrorism

The assault comes two days after Russian bombings killed seven folks within the Idleb area, the nation’s final main jihadist and insurgent stronghold. Practically half of Idleb province, in addition to components of Aleppo, Hama and Latakia provinces, are managed by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, the previous Syrian department of al-Qaeda.

This space can be residence to insurgent teams, supported to various levels by Turkey, and different jihadist associations, akin to Houras al-Din. Fides information company reviews that previous to the Syrian conflict, about 20,000 Orthodox Christians lived in Suqaylabiyah.

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The brand new Saint Sophia Church was constructed with funding from the Suqaylabiyah municipal authorities, after the Turkish authorities turned the long-lasting Hagia Sophia Church in Istanbul right into a mosque. It’s a miniature reproduction of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople. The brand new church was constructed with the settlement of the Syrian authorities and the assist of Russian political and army sectors.

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The brand new Orthodox Church of Saint Sophia in Syria earlier than assault


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