Vatican City, Feb 25, 2018 / 04:37 am
After a week of heavy bombardment near Damascus left hundreds of civilians dead, Pope Francis has made an appeal for global leaders to rally in ending the siege, allowing civilians to evacuate and humanitarian aid to get in.
"In these days my thought is often turned to the beloved and martyred Syria, where the war has exploded again, especially in Eastern Ghouta," the Pope said Feb. 25, noting that this month marks one of the most violent since the Syrian conflict erupted seven years ago.
Thousands of innocent lives have been claimed by the ongoing, bloody war, with several hundred more being added just this past week, many of whom are women, children and elderly, he said.
"Hospitals have been hit, people can't get enough to eat...all of this is inhumane," Francis said, stressing that "evil cannot be fought with another evil."