DAMASCUS, (SANA)- Ministry of Awqaf (Religious Endowments) condemned the terrorists' abduction of Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo and Iskenderun, Bishop Paul Yazigi, and the Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Bishop John Ibrahim, in addition to a deacon in a car in northern Aleppo.
"This terrorist operation comes in completion of the plot to target opinion and thought leaders which already claimed the life of one of the most prominent Islamic religion and thought scholars, Mohammad Said Ramadan al-Bouti," the Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
It stressed that the latest aggression crime of abducting the bishops "is an aggression on all men of religion in Syria and the Arab and Islamic world as a whole."
The statement indicated the continuation of terror operations of all forms in implementation of the "ferocious international attack" targeting Syria, carried out by takfiri armed terrorist groups, topped by Jabhat al-Nusra which declared allegiance to al-Qaeda.
The Ministry noted that it was confirmed that those who perpetrated "this brutal act" are Chechen mercenaries operating under the mantle of Jabhat al-Nusra.
It denounced the acts of desecration of mosques and churches and attacks against Muslim and Christian clergymen that are taking place in Syria under the name of Islam and takfiri slogans led by al-Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood and Arab agents who are implementing imperialist and Zionist agendas to destabilize Syria.
The Ministry concluded its statement by stressing that those who are stirring sedition will fail "because we are one people with our various affiliations…and because our fraternity as Muslims and Christians over ages represents civilization at its best forms."
Greek and Syriac Orthodox Patriarchates in Syria Condemn the Abduction of the Two Bishops in Aleppo Countryside
Patriarchate of Antioch and all East for Greek Orthodox and Patriarchate of Antioch and all East for Syriac Orthodox condemned the abduction of the two Bishops, while they were returning to Aleppo.
The two Patriarchates called on the world to seek an end to the current tragedy in Syria, pointing out that Christians in Syria are part of the country's fabric and they work for halting injustice in the world.
Meanwhile, Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarchate in Damascus strongly condemned the abduction of the two Bishops by an armed terrorist group in Aleppo countryside, calling on all sides to preserve their lives and release them.
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