Targeted For Extermination?

Aug 1, 2019

Christians in six villages along the Turkey-Syrian border appear to have been targeted for extermination over the weekend. A series of fires set in the Syriac Christian villages of Elbegendi, Güzelsu, Dibek, Üçköy, Üçyol and Dagici strategically burned homes as well as acres of crops including nearly 8000 olive trees. Though the source of the attack is still under investigation, arson is a commonly used method of attack by rebels in the region.

One day before the fires, FaithWire reported that 100,000 Syrian Christians, in fear for their lives, pled for U.S. intervention after the Turkish army ordered “a strategic gathering of troops on the Turkish-Syria border.”

According to Syriac Christian political leader Bassam Ishak, “If Turkish forces come in, the expectation is that they will push out the inhabitants and turn the region over to extremist jihadist groups that they support, just like they did in Afrin a year ago.”

The Kurdish city, Afrin, had become a haven to Christians and Yazidi refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war and ISIS militants in previous years. Last year’s invasion by Turkish troops and Syrian rebels left many dead and thousands of Christians once again displaced. Turkish troops still occupy the region. The U.S.-backed Syrian Military Council said in a statement:

Turkey has amassed its forces and its jihadist proxies at [the border]. It clearly aims to invade Northern Syria. […] Turkey aims to kill and destroy us and to finish the genocide against our people. [There] are still more than 100,000 Syriac Christians living in NE–Syria and they will be killed or driven away if Turkey invades.

Please join Liberty Relief International in responding to this urgent need for prayer for the Christians and others in the line of fire in Syria. We are also committed to sending resources to our Christ-centered partners on the ground to provide emergency food, water and shelter for men, women and children suffering such harsh persecution…but we need your help in order to truly have an impact.

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We will keep you updated as this story continues. In the meantime, know that your gifts and prayers are truly a lifeline. Thank you in advance for standing with LRI to pray for and care for our hurting family all over the world!

God bless you,

Mathew D. Staver
Founder and Chairman

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