Mon 16 Oct 2023 3:21 pm - Jerusalem Time
Christians in Gaza hold church services to urge end to Israeli agression
Prayers have been offered during services at two churches in the blockaded Gaza Strip, appealing to end Israel's ongoing 9-day attacks.
Amid Israel's ongoing attacks on Gaza, Christian Palestinians conducted religious services at the Saint Porphyrius Greek Orthodox Church and the Holy Family Catholic Church, according to the official Palestinian news agency WAFA.
As a result of Israel's ongoing attacks since Oct. 7, some Christian families whose homes were destroyed sought refuge in the Holy Family Church and its affiliated school.
Isa Muslih, the Jerusalem Greek Orthodox Church spokesman, said, "The world must take immediate action to stop the genocide committed against innocent Palestinians."
Muslih called for ending this war, pressure on the occupying Israeli government, and establishing safe corridors for delivering food, baby formula, and medical aid to vulnerable civilians in Gaza.
It is estimated that around 1,000 Palestinian Christians live in Gaza. Some Palestinian Christians have also been displaced and turned into refugees due to the Israeli occupation, forcing them to leave their homes.