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On Thursday 11 July, the Syriac Orthodox church of the Virgin Mary in Qamishli, North-east Syria, was targeted in a car bomb attack. Although there were no known fatalities, state media reported that 11 civilians were injured and that the church and nearby properties sustained material damage.

The attack on the church, which is in the predominantly Christian district of al-Wusta, took place at 6pm, shortly before the end of the daily 5.30pm prayer service. Residents note that there would have been far more casualties had the attack been carried out minutes later and suggest that this may have been the intention of the perpetrators. The identity of the perpetrators has not yet been confirmed, although there is speculation that Daesh (Islamic State) were behind the attack.

Source: Middle East Concern

  • Pray for the wounded and the traumatised, that they will know the Lord’s presence and healing.
  • Pray the Christian community will not be intimidated by this attack but will be agents of reconciliation, healing, peace and hope.
  • Uphold all those in Syria who are intent on violence. Pray they will know the Spirit’s conviction of sin and respond to the Father’s offer of salvation.

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