[Anglican Communion News Service] Speaking on behalf of churches across the world, the World Council of Churches general secretary has called for an end to the violence in northeast Syria as Turkey’s military action puts refugees at risk. Olav Fykse Tveit said he is gravely concerned about the humanitarian impact on the people of the region, where reports state tens of thousands of civilians are fleeing from Turkish attacks.
He said: “The Syrian people have already been subjected to too much conflict, and far too much bloodshed, destruction and displacement. The churches of the world demand an end to it – an end to the suffering of the people. Enough fighting, chaos and death. It is time for peace, for respite, for dialogue, and for justice for the victims of atrocities perpetrated through these catastrophic years of violence.”
In addition to those displaced by the fighting, it is expected that as many as 2 million people will suffer as a result of the military operation’s impact on infrastructure, facilities and services for basic life needs.