Christmas with renewed hope in Syria

As hundreds of families keep returning to terrorist freed Aleppo, Syrians celebrated Christmas with renewed hope on peace particularly Christians in that city, while the Army strike further blows on terrorists in other provinces. Christmas mass was held at St. Elias Greek Orthodox Church in Aleppo city, presided upon by Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All East John X Yazigi.

In his Christmas sermon, Patriarch Yazigi said that no words can describe the feelings brimming in the hearts in these days which witnessed the great victory of Aleppo and its salvation from terrorism.

Yazigi prayed to God to preserve President Bashar al-Assad, to grant the Syrian Arab Army victory, and to bless the entirety of Syria with peace and security, and he also prayed for the return of the abducted bishops Paul Yazigi and John Ibrahim who were abducted by terrorists in Aleppo countryside in 2013.

As security forces continue to enforce safety in the devastated city, the bodies of twenty one civilians that terrorists executed before they left the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo city were discovered on Sunday, one more evidence of the horror its citizens lived.

Director of Aleppo Forensics Dr. Zaher Hajo said the bodies of 21 civilians, among them five children and four women, that terrorists killed before their departure arrived to the center.

Syrian Army’s engineering units dismantled a vehicle rigged with over two tons of explosives left behind by terrorists in al-Sukkari neighborhood in Aleppo.

Meanwhile, in Idleb, Army units directed intensive strikes on three sites against Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist movement in Maaret Masrin town and in the area surrounding Saraqib city southeast of Idleb city, the Syrian Arab News Agency reported from that southern province.

Military units also conducted operations freeing areas of terrorist groups in the central province of Homs, as the Government forces are reportedly readying to launch a massive strike in the North to recover territories still in the hands of foreign supported armed bands.


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