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For Nuncio to Damascus, using hunger and thirst as a weapon of war is an outrage
Mgr Zenari talks to AsiaNews about his indignation over the crimes committed against civilians. He wants the media to pay more attention. Lorries carrying food and medicine have been blocked just outside besieged towns and villages. He praises international groups and members of the Church operating in dangerous areas. The Islamic State frees another 16 Christian hostages in al-Hasakah.
Nuncio in Damascus: All peace initiatives to end the war in Syria
Archbishop Mario Zenari appreciates the efforts of the UN, Arab League and the opposition that emerged during the meetings in Geneva and Cairo. But world leaders and Syria must not get lost in the details. Priority: evacuate civilians from affected towns.
03/06/2016 15:21:00 SYRIA – UNITED NATIONS
Syrian conflict: UN "studying" aid distribution, but weapons are dropped without a problem
UN experts vet helicopter use in aid delivery to besieged civilians. Operational difficulties and great inefficacy are a hurdle. At least 600,000 people live in besieged 19 locations, with another four million in hard-to-reach areas. The international coalition drops ammunition and weapons to the rebels.
Msgr. Zenari: prayers in Beirut and Damascus for kidnapped bishops and priests. Fears for their fate
The apostolic nuncio in Syria confirms that "over time fears mount” for the fate of the Orthodox Bishops and Fr. Dall'Oglio. After two years in captivity, there is no news of them. The prelate recalls that "at least 20 thousand people have disappeared" in the country since the beginning of the conflict.
As fighting reaches Damascus, apostolic nuncio expects dark days ahead
Mgr Mario Zenari describes the tensions residents face. For the past two days, the capital has been the scene of fighting between rebels and the Republican Guard, with 64 dead. The witness of nuns from Azeir monastery (Homs) is a sign of hope for Christians, Alawis and Sunnis.
Nuncio in Damascus: Syria sliding into hell, children used as human shields
Mgr Mario Zenari, nuncio in Syria, describes the human devastation caused by the war. There is the danger that factional hatreds might last decades. Christian, Alawi and Sunni leaders in Homs propose dialogue and reconciliation. UN report blames regime and rebels of torturing children.
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