Turkey accused of cynical motives for restoring churches in north Syria

Author: Mohammed Hardan

Publication Date: 12/7/2021

Source: Al Monitor

The Turkish Ministry of Defense recently announced that its armed forces carried out maintenance work on the Syriac Orthodox Church of Mar Tuma (St. Thomas) in the center of Ras al-Ain in northern Syria.

The ministry added in the July 14 statement that the Turkish armed forces have paid great attention to the restoration and maintenance of religious buildings in the Operation Peace Spring area.

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The project to erect a church in Ur of the Chaldeans takes off

Publication Date: 12/7/2021

Source: Agenzia Fides

A project to erect a church in Ur of the Chaldeans, in the Iraqi governorate of Dhi Qar, also equipped with a meeting room useful in particular to welcome Christian pilgrims who from Iraq and all over the world want to reach the place where Prophet Abraham's journey to the Promised Land takes off.

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For Iraqi Christians, scenes of both horror and hope

Author: Inés San Martín

Publication Date: 21/7/2021

Source: Crux

As Iraqis sort through the rubble of the latest terrorist attack Tuesday, an attack on a busy market in downtown Baghdad that left at least 30 people dead, one Catholic priest in Iraq says it’s important not just to focus on the horror of life in the country but also the hope.

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Islam and Christianity in medieval Anatolia

Author: Andrew Peacock, Charles Spencer, Bruno De Nicola, & Sara Nur Yildiz

Publisher/Publication: Taylor and Francis

DOI/ISBN: 10.4324/9781315589886


Duhok: Christians Displaced by PKK-Turkey War Live in Limbo


Publication Date: 29/5/2021

Source: Basnews

Since the beginning of the heavy conflicts between the Turkish army and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) guerrillas in Kani Masi area of Duhok, the Christian residents of an entire village are displaced.

Chalke village is located in an area where Turkey repeatedly bombards as it suspects the presence of the PKK fighters in the area. The Christian residents of the village, however, have been relocated to Bersive Complex, where they live in uncertainty.

The villagers are also concerned about their farmlands and crops being burned to ashes with the ongoing armed conflicts, saying if not destroyed by war, they will be destroyed by the fact that there remains no farmer to take care of crops.

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Assyrian monk gets two years in a Turkish prison for giving a piece of bread


Publication Date: 7/4/2021

Source: Asia News

A Turkish court sentenced Assyrian monk Sefer (Aho) Bileçen to two years and a month in prison after he was convicted of providing “help to a terrorist organisation”.

The clergyman found himself up on terrorism charges after he gave a piece of bread to two people who had turned up at the gates of his monastery; prosecutors told the Mardin High Criminal Court that the people in question were members of the outlawed Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK).

The clergyman, who was not present in the courtroom, has always protested his innocence, and rejected the charges.

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Turkey's illegal renditions of Syrian nationals back in spotlight

Author: Amberin Zaman  

Publication Date: 1/7/2021

Source: Al-Monitor

The rendition of Syrian nationals to Turkey, where they are prosecuted and jailed on thinly evidenced terror charges, has returned to the spotlight with the life sentencing by a Turkish court of three men of the Syriac Orthodox Christian faith to life in prison. Lawyers say the June 22 verdict violates Turkish and international humanitarian law and reflects the unlawful actions of Turkish forces and their Sunni rebel proxies in the large swaths of territory that Turkey occupies in northern Syria.

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