Aleppo Attacks Leave 200 Christians Dead


Syrian Civil Defence workers evacuate a body following a regime air strike on May 17, 2016, in the rebel-held al-Sukari neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo. A regime air strike in key battleground city Aleppo left at least three civilians dead early Tuesday, among them a mother and her young daughter, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. / AFP PHOTO / THAER MOHAMMED

Syrian Civil Defence workers evacuate a body following a regime air strike on May 17, 2016, in the rebel-held al-Sukari neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo.
A regime air strike in key battleground city Aleppo left at least three civilians dead early Tuesday, among them a mother and her young daughter, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. / AFP PHOTO / THAER MOHAMMED

ALEPPO (Bos News Life) — Sustained rocket attacks in the last couple of weeks in the Syrian city of Aleppo has left up to 200 Christians dead, an aid group said.

In a statement, workers at Barnabas Fund asked for prayers for the Christians and other civilians in the city of Aleppo. The update comes as Syria reached its sixth year of civil war, Bos News Life reports.

When 1,350 rockets hit the Christian area in Aleppo from April 22 to April 30, 132 individuals were killed, half of them were women and children. On May 3, another 65 died in the rocket attacks and hundreds were left injured, the aid group added.

Barnabas Fund said 35 of the victims who died last week were being treated at the Dabbit Hospital when a rocket destroyed the place. Two of the patients died on the operating table. The explosion also partially damaged another hospital in the area, causing it to close down. A Christian insider said only 16 out of the 134 hospitals in Aleppo are functioning after the recent attacks.

While many of the rocket attacks were carried out by Syrian or Russian forces against opposition groups, Barnabas Fund said Islamic Rebel groups had threatened to wipe out Armenian Christians in the area.

Last week, a Franciscan priest in Aleppo said the violence in the city is the worst he has seen since the Syrian war began. Fr. Ibrahim Alsabagh talked about the suffering he witnessed in the city and how eerie the place felt when the rocket attacks cease, the Catholic Herald relays.

“Never, since the beginning of this terrible war, were things as bad as they are now. I have no words to describe all the suffering I see on a daily basis,” the Aleppo priest told Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need. “And when the bombs do stop falling, there is an eerie silence, like in a cemetery. The streets are as though everyone has died.”