The Assyrian Church in Hasakah. Photo: ARA News
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HASAKAH – Assyrian Churches in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah mourned the victims of the ISIS-led terror attacks in Qamishli city by canceling celebrations of New Year’s Eve.
The extremist group of Islamic State (ISIS) on Thursday claimed the responsibility for three bombings that hit restaurants in Qamishli, killing 16 civilians and wounding more than 45 others.
“We dedicate this evening to prayers for the victims of those attacks. We pray for our region and country amid the bloody war that claims lives of civilians everyday,” a joint statement by the Assyrian-Syriac Churches of Hasakah province said.
Speaking to ARA News in Qamishli, Father Touni Hannah condemned the ISIS-led terror attacks and appealed to people to avoid gathering at any public place in the province “to avoid the loss of any more innocents”.
“People were making their preparations to celebrate this Eve, but they were shocked with the brutal attacks that killed and wounded dozens of civilians,” Hannah said.
“We hope the year 2016 would bring peace to Syria and the region after years of bloodshed.”
Reporting by: Qehreman Miste
Source: ARA News