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Syrian-Orthodox bishop appeals to rescue the innocent people of Qalamoun
For four days, villages under siege by rebels and jihadis are without food, medicines, electricity and communications. The rebels belong to the Saudi-backed group Liwa al-Islam. The bishop calls for a humanitarian corridor to the besieged communities, urging their besiegers to show some "mercy."
UN appeals : 'Food needed for over 10 million Syrians '
About 50 % of the population in need of help . An "unprecedented tragedy " . UN urges Damascus for greater freedom of movement throughout the territory. Moscow counters, but does not object. In the north the clash between Free Syrian Army and jihadists intensifies.
Two Orthodox Bishops abducted by an armed group on the road to Aleppo
They are the Syriac Orthodox bishop of Aleppo, Msgr. Youhanna Ibrahim, and the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo and Iskenderun, Msgr. Boulos al-Yaziji. Their driver was killed on the outskirts of the city. State television accuses "terrorist groups", but the identity of the kidnappers is not clear. Some time ago, Msgr. Ibrahim had dennounced kidnappings and violence against Christians.
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.
New clashes between Kurds and Islamists in Syria, a 'war within a war'
The Kurdish minority does not want jihadist fighters on its territory, accusing them of 'ethnic hatred'. Hostilities continue between the two groups continue along the Turkish border as the regime gains strength. The position of the Committee for the Protection of Kurdish people weakens anti-Assad forces.
Pope Shenouda visits Syria
The concerns of the eastern Church emerge during a meeting with Zacca I Ivas, Syrian Orthodox Patriarch: emigration of youth and fundamentalism
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