“Three mortars and rockets hit our Christian area where we live causing three deaths with ten injured,” our ministry partner in Aleppo told Barnabas Fund on 12 November.
After a month of relative quiet, the Christian quarter in government-held Aleppo has again been hit, with Islamist rebels firing rockets and mortars indiscriminately. As Western media focuses on the renewed Russian air assault on the rebel-held eastern enclave, Christians continue to face the threat of sudden bombardment by the rebels.
Christians are already enduring a daily struggle to survive – although food is more widely available, food prices have soared as a result of the war. At the start of the Syrian conflict there were approximately 450,000 believers living in Aleppo. Now there are around 35,000. Many of those that remain are the poor and elderly who are unable to leave. “They would just like to live their lives,” our partner explains.