Reports say the Syrian army is going from house to house and executing residents on the spot. At least 82 civilians, including women and children, were shot on Monday, according to a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. (Source)
Residents fear summary executions, forced disappearances, torture, and rape – a grim litany of war crimes. Meanwhile, the Syrian regime and the Russian government are ignoring calls for the safe passage of civilians from war-torn Aleppo, as more than 100,000 terrified people are still trapped inside the city.
So, what is the history of the conflict in Aleppo?
For the first year of the conflict, Aleppo remained peaceful. Then, in July 2012, a variety of rebel units attempted to wrest control of the city from the government and the battle for Aleppo hasn’t stopped since.
Particularly in the western neighborhoods where insurgents dug in, the city lies in tatters.
The violence reached new heights early in 2016 when the government, backed by a Russian air strikes, hammered rebel positions. Tens of thousands of refugees fled the war zone, many of them seeking sanctuary in Turkey.
In August, the United Nations High Commission on Refugees described a dire situation.
The Islamic State group, often called ISIS or ISIL, took advantage of the turmoil early on and established areas of territorial control inside Syria. While many parties on both sides in the civil war oppose ISIS, the fight to unseat the Sunni fundamentalist group has often fractured as forces navigate to advance their own positions. (Source)
Why should you care? Because God cares. Therefore, you should do the same.
Here are 5 scriptures organized by praisejamzblog.com that reveal the heart of God toward those in need.
Hebrews 13:16 (NLT)- “And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.”
Philippians 2:4 (ESV)- “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
James 1:27 (NIV)- “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
Proverbs 21:13 (NIV)- “Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered.”