Msgr. Georges Abou Khazen says civilians in the city are “under continuous bombardment”.
Aleppo (AsiaNews) – “We have been under continuous bombardment over the past few days in Aleppo with civilian deaths, injuries and destruction.” Last night “in our neighborhoods we had four dead and over 15 injured, in addition to homes and buildings damaged. And these attacks are being carried out by the so-called “moderate opposition groups”.
This is the desperate appeal launched by the Apostolic Vicar of Aleppo of the Latins, Mons. Georges Abou Khazen, who in a message sent to AsiaNews points his finger at the front defended – and supported – by the West, along with Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
“These bombings – says the prelate – are from the front of the so-called ‘moderates’, and as such defended, protected and reinforced. In reality are no different from other jihadists [Islamic State (IS) and the Nusra Front] except in name only. ”
The Apostolic Vicar of Aleppo, who in recent days had already reported that “foreign terrorists” and not the Syrians to want to continue the conflict, said that “foreign jihadists have been given the green light to intensify the bombing of civilians.”
The prelate believes this escalation masks the desire to “derail the peace negotiations” by “regional forces – for weeks Saudi Arabia and Turkey have been pressing for the sending of ground troops”. “Behind this strategy – questions the prelate – is there the desire to prevent the regular army to advance and liberate the region from terrorism and the jihadists?”.