Wednesday, May 30, 2018


Itinerants and pawns.An unwanted population trying to survive an unstoppable conflagration, Syrians face forced relocation and deadly dangers
SYRIA: We received new eyewitness reports that Turkish forces who carried out a spring offensive in Afrin, a border enclave inside Syria, forced tens of thousands of Christians and Yazidis to flee, while their homes and other areas have been taken over by members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), which includes ex-ISIS militants. This is the latest example of “fighting terrorists” used as a cover for ethnic and religious cleansing. Earlier I reported on the casualties from FSA fighting with Turkish forces in Afrin. The latest report says 3,000 Christians have fled except for two families with sick and wounded who are in hiding. More than 35,000 Yazidis throughout the region have fled. All have had homes looted. One Christian woman reportedly was killed by FSA members.
Below is a photo of a child killed, caught in crossfire between militants. And the Church of the Good Shepherd in Afrin, also below, was burned and graffitied with names of militant groups that now claim it. Globe Trot by Mindy Belz.

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