Pope Francis Says Those Bombing Aleppo Will be ‘Accountable to God’


Pope Francis on Wednesday said those responsible for bombing the northern Syrian city of Aleppo will be “accountable to God” for their actions.

Over the past week Aleppo has suffered the worst aerial onslaught in the five-year-old war. More than 200 people have been killed.

The pope, speaking to an audience in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday, said: “In expressing my deep sorrow and lively concern for what is happening in that already battered city – where children, the elderly, the sick, young and old, all are dying – I renew my appeal to everyone to commit themselves with all their strength to the protection of civilians as an imperative and urgent obligation.”

More than 250,000 civilians are thought to be trapped inside rebel-held parts of Aleppo. Syrian government forces carried out the biggest ground assault yet in their new offensive Tuesday, Reuters reported.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Jane Onyanga-Omara