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Israel bombs Orthodox Church of Saint Porphyrius in Gaza, Where people were seeking shelter

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In a shocking turn of events, the Orthodox Church of Saint Porphyrius in Gaza City has been bombed by Israeli forces. This devastating incident comes as people sought refuge within the sacred walls of the church, hoping to find safety amidst the ongoing conflict in the region.

Just a week ago, initial reports suggested that the church had been targeted, but those claims were later proven false. Regrettably, reality has now caught up with this historic place of worship. The Church of Saint Porphyrius is among the oldest churches in the world, boasting a rich history and heritage that spans centuries.

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Jordan, under the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, has condemned the Israeli airstrikes on church institutions providing crucial humanitarian services in Gaza. This tragedy has drawn outrage from various quarters, including the Holy Orthodox Patriarchate of the Roman Catholic Church.

In an official statement, the Holy Orthodox Patriarchate expressed its deepest denunciation of the Israeli bombing of one of its church buildings in Gaza City. The statement emphatically described the targeting of churches and their affiliated institutions, which offer shelter to innocent citizens, especially children and women who have lost their homes due to the relentless Israeli shelling of residential areas over the past thirteen days, as a grave war crime that cannot be ignored.

The Patriarchate made it abundantly clear that it remains steadfast in its religious and humanitarian duties, firmly grounded in Christian values. Their commitment to providing for the needs of the people in times of both war and peace remains unwavering. This commitment extends to offering shelter and assistance to those affected by the conflict.

As the world watches this tragedy unfold, calls for an immediate ceasefire and a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Hamas conflict have grown louder. The bombing of a historic church, and the shelter it provided, underscores the urgent need for a comprehensive solution to end the suffering and destruction in the region.

The international community and humanitarian organizations continue to monitor the situation closely, urging all parties involved to seek a peaceful resolution to the ongoing crisis, ensuring the safety and well-being of innocent civilians, regardless of their background or beliefs. The Church of Saint Porphyrius serves as a tragic reminder of the human toll of conflict, with its destruction reverberating throughout the world.

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