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Turkish military seizes churches in offensive against Kurdish separatists

March 30, 2016

Turkey's military forces have seized several churches in the historic town of Diyarbakir, in the course of an offensive against Kurdish separatists there, the Fides news service reports.

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The government announced that five churches, as well as more than 6,000 homes in the center of the city, have been expropriated. That step was necessary, the government claimed, in order to protect the center of the city, which has been damaged by fighting.

The churches seized served Armenian Catholic, Armenian Apostolic, Chaldean, Syriac, and Protestant communities. There is no Christian church now open for worship services in the city, Fides reports. 


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