Fresh conflict threatens new exodus of Christians from Syria• Bishop slams Western powers as violence spirals:
“The Kurds will lose because of the lack of support from the USA”
“I fear a new exodus of Christians”
WARNINGS that the fresh violence in north-east Syria could unleash a renewed – and potentially fatal – exodus of Christians from the region have come from a bishop who has accused the US and the international community of inflicting huge damage on the country.
Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo said he feared a massive exodus of Christians in Hassaké – where half of Catholics and Orthodox have left since 2010 – as well as Qamishli, in north-east Syria.
Image: Father Francois Mourad and Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo celebrating Holy Mass in 2012.
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Speaking in an interview with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), the Emeritus Archbishop of Hassaké-Nisibi highlighted his concerns for the region amid reports of thousands of Daesh (ISIS) fighters and their families on the run following a strike on Chirkin prison, Qamishli.
The Syriac Catholic archbishop warned that the Daesh fighters could infiltrate Europe via Turkey.