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Syrian bishop laments new ISIS attacks

May 26, 2016

A Syrian bishop lamented ISIS attacks on Tartus and Jableh, two coastal cities located in territory held by the nation’s government.

Tartus and Jableh are located in a region to which hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled from rebel attacks, according to Aid to the Church in Need.

“If there are no safe areas in Syria, still more people will leave the country-- probably for good,” said Maronite Catholic Bishop Antoine Chbeir of Lattakia. “Many of them will go by sea.”

“Our priests and people are on the scene,” he added. “We care for people not because of their particular religion but because they are human beings. In this month of May, we are praying to Our Lady to help us.”

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