Syrian church leaders blast ‘brutal’ and ‘unjustified’ airstrikes

Apr 16, 2018 by

by Harry Farley, Christian Today:

Western airstrikes against President Assad were ‘unjustified aggression’ and a ‘clear violation of the international laws’, Syrian Church leaders have said.

In a joint statement the heads of three major churches said they ‘condemn and denounce the brutal aggression’ and denied the Syrian army either owned or had used chemical weapons.

It ‘is a claim that is unjustified and unsupported by sufficient and clear evidence’, the three church leaders, who support President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, said.

The statement marks a backlash against the strikes by the US, the UK and France on early Saturday morning and was signed by John X, the Greek Orthodox Patriach of Antioch and all the East, Ignatius Aphrem II, Syrian Orthodox Patriach of Antioch and all the East, and Jospeh Absi, Melike-Greek Catholic Patriach of Antioch, Alexandria and Jerusalem.

They called on the United Nations’ Security Council, where France, the US and the UK all hold permanent seats, to ‘play its natural role in bringing peace rather than contribute to escalation of wars’.

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