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Geagea, Aoun condemn Gaza, Mosul tragedies

Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish the flames in a van, that was reportedly targeted by an Israeli military strike, in Gaza City on July 31, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ MOHAMMED ABED

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s Christian leaders Thursday condemned the massacres in Gaza and the persecution of Christians in Iraq’s Mosul, with Samir Geagea calling on Arab states to aggregate power to end the war on the Palestinian enclave.

“What is happening in Gaza is unacceptable at all levels ... it is time that the Arab League convene at the head of states' level and bring together its political and practical capabilities to take steps to stop the war in Gaza,” Lebanese Forces leader Geagea said, after meeting with a delegation from the World Lebanese Cultural Union.

“I am certain that Arab countries have enough power and political authority to stop the ongoing massacre in the shortest time possible.”

He also commented on the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria's takeover of Mosul, saying regional forces should come together to end the phenomenon.

“I honestly cannot find the right term to describe the situation. The ongoing practices are that of groups that existed before Islam. ISIS is a terrorist organization par excellence,” he said.

“All political forces in the region regardless of their affiliation, except those similar to ISIS - those who drop nukes on their people - are supposed to come together to face this phenomenon.”

He warned that the continuing presence of such radical groups would destroy Islam, Christianity and the whole Middle East.

Meanwhile, Michel Aoun, head of the Free Patriotic Movement, slammed what he described as the suspicious silence of the international community over recent events in Gaza and Mosul.

"Damn this era where we are witnessing massacres against children in Gaza and massacres against the elderly in Mosul, amid suspicious silence and under the eyes of the complicit spectators,” Aoun said.

 

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Summary

Lebanon's Christian leaders Thursday condemned the massacres in Gaza and the persecution of Christians in Iraq's Mosul, with Samir Geagea calling on Arab states to aggregate power to end the war on the Palestinian enclave.

"All political forces in the region regardless of their affiliation, except those similar to ISIS -- those who drop nukes on their people -- are supposed to come together to face this phenomenon".

He warned that the continuing presence of such radical groups would destroy Islam, Christianity and the whole Middle East.

Meanwhile, Michel Aoun, head of the Free Patriotic Movement, slammed what he described as the suspicious silence of the international community over recent events in Gaza and Mosul.


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