» 01/13/2014, 00.00
Syria, anti-Assad rebel infighting leaves 700 dead, including civilians
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ( Isil ) yesterday regained the city of Raqqa in the north -east of Syria and executed more than 100 prisoners. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the Islamic group has launched 16 suicide bombings in nine days in Homs, Idlib and Aleppo, killing hundreds of civilians.
Damascus (AsiaNews / Agencies) -
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) has won the battle against Syrian
Islamist rebel groups and recaptured the province of Raqqa. Violent
fighting is being reported in the province of Aleppo.
According to local sources the
civil war between the rebels for the conquest of Raqqa ended in a massacre. The
Işil militiamen executed at least 100 prisoners belonging to the groups of al-
Nousra (al-Qaeda in Syria) and Ahrar al-Sham Brigades. They
had been captured in recent days during the taking of the city of Tel Abiad
situated on the border with Turkey. In
ten days, the internal conflict between the rebels against the regime has left
at least 700 people dead. Of these deaths more than 500 are militants, while 16
Isil suicide bombings in Aleppo , Idlib , Homs and Raqqa killed and estimated
coalition of Mujahideen to fight Işil extremists was born on January 3 and brings together 8 various factions of rebel
groups: Free Syrian Army , Ahrar al- Sham , the Al- Nusra terrorists, a group
linked to al - Qaeda and the main rivals of Isil. In
an official statement the anti- Isil coalition claims it "wants to defend
the honor of the rebels and Syria". The
militants say they will fight against "Isil, who has violated the dictates
of Allah, until it announces its dissolution".
Assad regime has taken advantage of the clash between the rebels to continue
its offensive against Homs and Aleppo. According
to sources in the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights , yesterday in Homs alone
at least 20 civilians were killed in Syrian air raids.
ISIL jihadists flee Raqqa
In recent days, the group had imposed "rules of submission" to Islam on local Christians. The retreat was ordered by Nusra Front, which has threatened to oust its rivals "from Syria and even Iraq". Population takes to the streets in celebration.
Hillary Clinton in Turkey in search of " the day after Assad "
The U.S. Secretary of State discusses support to Syrian rebels and transition plan with leaders in Ankara, as international isolation of Damascus increases. Concerns regarding reports of Al-Qaeda presence on the ground. Gunfight at border with Jordan.
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Red Cross: 50 thousand civilians flee battle for Aleppo
The escalation of the conflict has exacerbated the humanitarian crisis. Much of the city is without water. The government army blocks supply routes to areas under siege, "enormous pressure" on civilians. MSF: health system near "total collapse". Kurdish fighters wrestle a military air base from militia.
Arab League imposes sanctions to stop the killing of civilians in Syria
The unprecedented decision freezes all economic relations between Syria and League members. Meanwhile, clashes continue: 31 civilians and 12 members of the security force killed yesterday. The Syrian regime organises demonstrations in its favour. Russia announces it will send a flotilla of warships next spring to the Syrian port of Tartus.
Al Qaeda -linked militants take control of Iraqi cities of Fallujah and Ramadi
The news confirms the new increase in violence in the country. According to the UN, from 2012, the number of civilian casualties are returning to 2008 levels : 270 per month. And in the year just ended the number has doubled.
Card. Tong’s article on China-Holy See dialogue, arouses joy and dismay
The Hong Kong bishop’s optimism over a change in the method of appointing bishops and the function of the Patriotic Association. But it is unclear whether it is real change or just nominal, in words. Underground bishops are patriotic and love their country, but the Party is suspicious of them. Freedom in episcopal appointments is “essential", but the bishops are not free to exercise their ministry. Patriotic bishops controlled in their visits with members of the universal Church. The "bugs" (hidden microphones) in a bishop’s office.
Card. Tong: The future of Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view
Card. John Tong
The Hong Kong Cardinal outlines the steps that hope to propel dialogue between China and the Holy See. Themes include the Pope's role in the appointment of bishops; A change of vision in the Patriotic Association; the possible integration of the underground bishops in the Episcopal Conference. A new article by card. John Tong, following a previous article published a few months ago on "Communion of the Church in China with the universal Church."
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