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Churches in Syrian enclave say Turkish bombing is killing civilians

Churches in Afrin, Syria, are calling on the world to stop the slaughter of civilians during the Turkish military assault.

‘We ask you to pray for us and for our city which, before a couple of days ago, was full of life, but today is not,’ said the Rev. Saeed Daoud, a Syrian clergyman whose name has been changed at his request due to fear of retribution.

‘The brutal attack of the Turkish military with extremist Islamic groups has been carried out, without any warning,’ he told Catholic News Service in an email, referring to Turkey’s relentless shelling and ground offensive since 20th January.

In an appeal for international help, another religious leader wrote: ‘We are asking for intervention and protection against the violent attacks which are being levied against us at this moment.

‘Many lives are in mortal danger,’ said the Rev. Hakim Ismael. ‘We are unable to protect ourselves or our families against these attacks, neither are we able to offer assistance or shelter to the innocents. Please help us.’

Picture: Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters are seen on 22nd January near Afrin, Syria. Churches in Afrin are calling on the world to stop the slaughter of civilians during the Turkish military assault. (CNS photo/Khalil Ashawi, Reuters).