Pope appeals for dialogue for northeastern Syria

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Turkish offensive sparks yet another Syrian exodus

Pope appeals for dialogue for northeastern Syria

By Linda Bordoni/ vaticannews.va

Pope Francis has appealed for honest and transparent dialogue to solve the current military crisis in northeastern Syria.

Pope Francis on Sunday, October 13, renewed his appeal to all parties involved in the current military offensive in northeastern Syria and to the International Community to “sincerely engage, with honesty and transparency, on the path of dialogue in order to seek effective solutions.”

Speaking during the Angelus after the Canonization Mass in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope said his thoughts go, “once again” to the Middle East, “in particular to the beloved and martyred Syria, from where dramatic news is emerging once again regarding the fate of the people in the northeast of the country, who are forced to abandon their homes because of military action”.
He was referring to the Turkish assault on Syrian territory held by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.

The Turkish offensive is now in its fifth day. More than 50 civilians have reportedly been killed on both sides of the border and some 130,000 people have already fled their homes,

Pope Francis noted that amongst those fleeing the violence “ there are also many Christian families”.

Sun, 10/13/2019 - 16:40
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