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Catholic leaders in Syria criticise US missile strikes

Two prominent Catholic leaders in Syria criticised the US missile strikes against their nation, wondering why they occurred before investigations into the origins of chemical attacks reported on 4th April.

But US President Donald Trump said Syrian President Bashar Assad “launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians” and “choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children.”

“No child of God should ever suffer such horror,” he said on 6th April, announcing that he had ordered the strike against the air base from which he said the chemical weapons attack was launched.

Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph Younan called the attack an aggression and told Catholic News Service: “It is a shame that the United States administration didn’t wait until an honest United Nations investigation was thoroughly made into what is said to be a chemical air strike in Khan Shaykun.”

“The agglomerate media and the supremacist policy of the USA just want the killing and destroying conflict in Syria to continue, and this primarily to kill whatever attempt to resolve the bloody crisis,” added Patriarch Younan, who was born in Syria and served for 14 years as bishop of the New Jersey-based Diocese of Our Lady of Deliverance for Syriac Catholics in the United States and Canada.

Picture: The USS Porter, in the Mediterranean Sea, fires a Tomahawk missile on 7th April. The US Defense Department said it was a part of missile strike against Syria. (CNS photo/Ford Williams, US Navy handout via Reuters).