Denver Newsroom, Jul 24, 2022 / 09:48 am (CNA).
At least one person was killed and several were injured Sunday in an attack on the inauguration of a Greek Orthodox church in Syria’s Hama Governorate.
There are reports of one or two deaths from the attack, and as many as 12 wounded.
The July 24 attack targeted Hagia Sophia Church in Al-Suqaylabiyah, about 30 miles northwest of Hama. The church was being built as a replica of Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia by the governments of Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin in response to the Turkish government’s converting that building to a mosque.
🚨Breaking News | This video shows the terrorist attack on the Aya Sophia Orthodox Church in Hama, Syria. A missile left 2 dead and 12 wounded early Sunday during the inauguration of the church.
Video shared by an attendant. #Hagia_Sophia pic.twitter.com/HSkBfm8iVY
— آسي مينا (@acimenanews) July 24, 2022
The attack has been variously attributed to rockets, missiles, or armed drones.
The Syrian Arab News Agency, the country’s state media, attributed the attack to “terrorist organizations.”
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