One of world’s oldest churches bombed

Orthodox Church of Saint Porphyrius
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GAZA — Late on Thursday evening, a tragic event unfolded in Gaza as eight Palestinians, including women and children, lost their lives, while many others remain feared dead. Rescue teams are working tirelessly to recover the victims, following an Israeli airstrike on the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Porphyrios.اضافة اعلان

The church had provided shelter for hundreds of displaced people. According to the Palestinian News Agency 'WAFA,' the bombing resulted in the complete collapse of the Council of Church Stewards building, which housed numerous Palestinian families, both Christian and Muslim.

Meters away from Al-Ahli Arab Baptist Hospital
The church is located just meters away from Al-Ahli Arab Baptist Hospital, which suffered extensive damage several days ago, resulting in over 500 casualties and numerous wounded, many still under rubble.

The church is one of the world’s oldest churches, built in 425 AD
As one of the world's third-oldest churches, it now grapples with a substantial loss of life, numerous injuries, and people still trapped beneath the rubble as rescuers work diligently to find survivors. The church was built as early as 425 AD.

Israel’s attack on Christians is not an isolated incident
Regrettably, Israel's attack on Christians is not an isolated incident. Daoud Kuttab from The New Arab reported, "From the repeated storming of a Haifa church by Jewish extremists to attacks on Christians denied entry to sites in Jerusalem while wearing a cross, this is all the outcome of Israel's far-right government."

A statement from 2021 by the Patriarchs and Heads of Local Churches of Jerusalem lamented that "throughout the Holy Land, Christians have become the target of frequent and sustained attacks by fringe radical groups."

Moreover, data from Tag Meir, a Jewish group dedicated to opposing racism and violence against Israel's minorities, reveals an alarming surge in attacks by Jewish civilians on cemeteries, churches, monasteries, and mosques in Israel and the occupied West Bank. The group alone documented six such incidents in the first three months of 2023, as reported by NBC News.

Furthermore, on October 2, 2023, Quds New Network shared a distressing video on their platform, exposing an incident in which Israeli Jewish settlers, en route to Jerusalem to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, were captured spitting on a group of Christian worshipers without apparent cause.

It is not just Muslims
Imam Dr. Omar Suleiman, shared on the platform “X” formerly known as Twitter, “It’s not just Muslims, it’s everything and everyone Palestinian.”

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