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Bomb attack on Syrian-Orthodox church in Qamishli - Photo: Voice of America www.voanews.com/
Photo: Voice of America

On July 11th, the Syrian-Orthodox church in Qamishli was the target of a car bomb attack. Although there were no known fatalities, at least eleven people were injured. Cars and buildings in the area, including the church facility, sustained serious damages. According to one source, the injuries would have been far worse had the attack happened 30 minutes earlier when the vespers (evening prayers) had ended.

Blame has been placed on the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group but, at last report, there has been no official claim of responsibility. While American-backed forces declared victory over ISIS in March, local cells continue to pose a threat to the local population. For more information on persecution in Syria, go to our country report.

Praise God that this recent bombing attack did not cause any fatalities nor worse damages. Pray for the rebuilding efforts of these targeted church members, asking the Lord to provide the means for restoration and to encourage them throughout the process. Also intercede for Syria's governing authorities as they seek to establish adequate defenses for their citizens' safety and attempt to resolve this bombing case. May those responsible for the attack be brought to justice and realize their need for the forgiveness and grace of God.

Country Information

Population
20,384,316 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Arab (50), Alawite (15) Kurd (10), Levantine (10) other (15)

Religion (%)
Islam (87), Christianity (10), Druze (3)

Leader
President Bashar al-Asad (2000)

Government type
Presidential republic; highly authoritarian regime

Legal system
Mixed legal system of civil and Islamic law (for family courts)

Ssource: CIA World Factbook.

Pray for Syria

Pray that the Lord of hosts will intervene in Syria to "preserve all who love Him" and "frustrate the way of the wicked" (Psalm 145:20; Psalm 146:9). Ask that the Spirit of God will subvert the rebellion of the militant groups so the "will for peace" shall indeed prevail over "the will for war." May the Lord provide for Syria's churches, ensuring that they are adequately equipped with the necessary ministry tools, resources and workers to continue faithfully serving and ministering as lights in the darkness (Matthew 5:14-16).

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