The Christian neighborhoods, recently, have been hit by Free army militia, fighting against the Syrian regime and this has caused an exodus of civilians.
This is what a Greek Catholic priest in Aleppo says in a message sent to Fides.
The Fides prefers to guarantee anonymity for security reasons.
The message, titled “Living as a Christian in the hell of Aleppo,” explains: “For a long time the Christians of Aleppo have been living in neighborhoods close to each other, as Sulaymaniyah, Aziziyah, Villas, Telefon Hawaii, Al Jabiriyah, Al Maydan, Al Surian and Al Tilal.
These areas are currently protected and controlled by the Syrian army, while neighboring areas are occupied by the Free army militia.
The bombings are sometimes blind, without a purpose, and this causes severe damage to homes, or innocent victims such as bystanders.”
The priest gave Fides the lists of the latest victims in the community.
“Our latest martyrs are Fadi Samir Haddad, Elias Abdel Nour, Nichan Vartanian, Vartan Karbedjian, Maria Fahmeh and the young Joëlle Fahmeh, all innocent victims.”
The priest explained the damage to the structures: “the Greek Catholic Archbishopric in Tilal was damaged big, injuring Fr. Imad Daher.
The church of ‘San Michele Arcangelo’ and an important monastery of nuns in Aziziyya were also damaged.
A pastoral building of the Greek-catholic community, called “The Hope” was hit, killing three people and causing dozens of casualties among the civilian population”.
Even the convent of the Franciscan fathers in Sulaymaniyah was hit.
Meanwhile, the text continues, “bombs continue to fall on the area of Al-Midan, of Armenian majority, launched by Free army insurgents, positioned in Bustan el-Basha.
They killed several people, injured others and destroyed many houses.
Some groups in the rugged opposition, where there are also jihadist groups.
“Christians have fled away, the escaped, displaced, some live in nowhere, it’s horrible to be” the text concludes.