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Syria: ISIS suicide bombers target Christian-owned restaurants at New Year



ISIS terrorists target restaurants owned by Christians in a Syrian city of Qamishli.

According to details, at the occasion of New Year the Islamic State terrorists hit at at least three restaurants owned by Christians. At least 16 people were killed and 45 others were wounded as a result of these suicide bombings.

As per details, the residents of Qamishli were getting ready to celebrate New Year when on Wednesday, December 30 the ISIS suicide bombers targeted three restaurants owned by Christians. While revealing details in this regard, a spokesman of the Kurdish YPG militia said that at least two of the bombings were “suicide bombings.” Moreover, Qamishli is under control of the Kurdish YPG militia, which is fighting against the terror group Islamic State.

Followed by these suicide bombings the churches in Qamishli, cancelled all the New Year’s celebrations. In this regard, a joint statement was issued by the Assyrian-Syriac Churches of Hasakah province, which read “We dedicate this evening to prayers for the victims of those attacks. We pray for our region and country amid the bloody war that claims lives of civilians every day.”

Father Touni Hannah spoke to ARA News in Qamishli, strongly condemned the suicide bombings and urged the citizens to avoid gathering in public places “to avoid the loss of any more innocents.”

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“People were making their preparations to celebrate this Eve, but they were shocked with the brutal attacks that killed and wounded dozens of civilians. We hope the year 2016 would bring peace to Syria and the region after years of bloodshed.”

In addition, a statement was issued by the secretary general of the US-based Assyrian Universal Alliance urging that the assault on Christians in Iraq and Syria should be termed as genocide. At the same time, secretary general of the US-based Assyrian Universal Alliance Yonathan BetKolia condemned these suicide bombings.

“These cowardly attacks are directed at uprooting Assyrians from their ancestral lands. The utter failure of the non-Christian forces in control of the area to avert such inhumane attacks on innocent people is not only unacceptable but unpardonable.

Time and time again we have witnessed the utter failure of regional armed forces to provide the necessary security and safety for the Christians in the region. The Assyrians demand that they immediately be trained and equipped to take control over their own safety, security and destiny in the region.”