Christians in the Turkish-Kurd firing-line

 

Tens of thousands of Christians are at risk of being caught up in Turkey’s invasion of the north-eastern Syrian borderlands, much of which is currently under the control of Kurdish terrorists. One of the first attacks of the Turkish campaign has been on the city of Qamishli, which was originally founded as a refuge for Christians fleeing the Turkish genocide conducted against Christians just over one-hundred years ago.

The first reported civilian victims of the Turkish bombing of Kurdish-held areas of Qamishli were a Christian family whose house was hit by either mortar fire or artillery shelling.

The Christians of northern Syria are trapped in a deadly vice between the Turkish army and its Jihadist militia forces and the Trotskyist-inclined Kurds who continue to persecute the Christian communities whenever and wherever they can.

About one-third of Qamishli is still under the control of the Syrian government and is protected by the Syrian Arab Army and government-supporting militias such as the Christian-based ‘Sootoro’. Undoubtedly it’s the only relatively safe area in north-eastern Syria for Christians to take refuge if they can manage to get past the Kurdish checkpoints.

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