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Over 12 Thousand Christian Faithful "Starving" in the Village of Rableh: Humanitarian Law Invoked
Agenzia Fides ^ | 8/22/12

Posted on 08/24/2012 6:25:21 AM PDT by marshmallow

Rableh (Agenzia Fides) - Over 12 thousand faithful Greek-Catholics are trapped in the village of Rableh, west of Qusayr, in the area of Homs. Food is scarce, the faithful are living on "bread and water", medicine is lacking to treat the sick and wounded. This is the alarm raised by local sources of Fides that invoke respect for humanitarian law, that confirm what the international press is reporting on the situation in Rableh.

For more than ten days the village of Rableh is subject to a strict blockade by armed opposition groups, which surround it on all sides. One of the leaders of a local parish, B.K., who requested anonymity for security reasons, told Fides that a few days ago three young men of the village were killed by snipers: George Azar 20 years old, another 21 years old, Elias Tahch Semaan, 35 years old, married and father of four children.

Some representatives of the popular initiative for reconciliation "Mussalaha" were able to carry a small load of humanitarian aid to the village. A representative of "Mussalaha" assured the faithful by claiming that "everything will be done to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid."

An appeal was launched by His Beatitude Patriarch Gregorios III Laham, visibly moved, to all men of good will so that "Rableh is saved and all other villages affected in Syria, and finally for peace to be reached in our beloved country." Even the Apostolic Nuncio in Syria, His Exc. Mgr. Mario Zenari, called on all parties involved "to the strict observance of the international humanitarian law", pointing out that the resolution of the crisis in Syria depends first of all on its citizens.

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TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Islam; Orthodox Christian
KEYWORDS: christiangenocide; christianpersecution; rableh; syriachristians; syriapersecution

1 posted on 08/24/2012 6:25:26 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

I’m assuming that these people have allowed themselves to become disarmed. What a terrible lesson to learn the hard way.

2 posted on 08/24/2012 6:33:47 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: marshmallow

but i thought President Obama said the democratic secular rebels we are arming, only fight against the military of the evil dictator Assad...
certainly Obama would never help Al-Queda kill Christians...

3 posted on 08/24/2012 6:35:37 AM PDT by Elendur (It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Elendur

Muslims of all sects and political persuasions can agree on killing Christians and Jews.

4 posted on 08/24/2012 7:16:57 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Windflier

If they weren’t armed they wouldn’t still be alive. However it looks like they’re blockaded by superior forces of crazies who hate them and want them to die.

Hmm, I guess their best bet would be to hire some Serbian mercenaries with NV goggles and silencers.

5 posted on 08/24/2012 7:18:02 AM PDT by agere_contra (Vote ABO. Don't choose the Greater Evil and then boast about how principled you are)
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