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Saudi bombing damages occupied Catholic church in Yemen

May 20, 2015

A Catholic church in Yemen was seriously damaged during a Saudi bombing raid last week, the Fides news service reports.

The church of the Immaculate Conception in Aden had been occupied by Houthi rebels earlier this month, and the interior of the building was vandalized. The air strike by Saudi bombers—in support of the Yemeni government in its struggle with the rebels—did further damage to the structure.

Only one Catholic priest remains in Yemen, Fides reports. Two priests fled the country to escape the violence, while another, who was out of the country when fighting began, has been unable to return. Twenty members of the Missionaries of Charities have chosen to remain in the war-torn country, tending to the sick and the poor.

 
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