Sunday, December 25, 2016

Tom O'Connor — Syrian Christians Celebrate Christmas Festivities In Aleppo

Social media users this week shared pictures and videos of Christians celebrating Christmas festivities in western Aleppo for the first time in at least four years. The images emerged as the Syrian army asserted control over the city's last rebel-held eastern pockets.
Accounts, many of which belonged to supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad, posted photographs and footage of Syrians lighting Christmas trees in a square in western Aleppo. Celebrations were reportedly interrupted by a bombing in the city's Aziziyeh neighborhood. However, no injuries were reported. After years of conflict and continued reports of violence on both sides following an uneasy ceasefire reached between the Syrian government and the opposition, Christians expressed their hope that this holiday season would bring stability.
"Despite the harsh conditions the people of Aleppo are enduring, [for both] Christians and Muslims, Christmas brings the hope for peace that we have missed for the last five years. Although many churches have been destroyed in Aleppo, the bells of the other churches will sound and hope they bring us peace," Jesuit Father Ziad Hilal told Christian Post. "Christians are preparing themselves for Christmas in their churches and associations, along with our compatriots in Syria, so that the sound of violence overcomes the deep sound of faith that each believer enjoys — God is with us."...
Yahoo News
Syrian Christians Celebrate Christmas Festivities In Aleppo
Tom O'Connor, International Business Times

This year, many people in the liberated city of Aleppo are celebrating for the first time since the war began. RT’s Lizzie Phelan talked with residents of the war-ravaged city now recovering from its wounds.... 
Video and pictures.

War-torn Aleppo celebrates Christmas, shares stories of joy & loss with RT (EXCLUSIVE

This morning, the local newspaper reported that Christmas was being celebrated in sections of Mosul liberated from ISIS, but there was no mention that Aleppo had been liberated from Al Qaeda and was celebrating Christmas for the first time in five years.

None of the Western media (left, center, and right) bothered to show footage of X-mas celebrations in Aleppo. Why is that? Is that considered "pro-regime propaganda"? Why is that reality bothersome to Western media? What is about those scenes that Western media want to suppress? I mean the rigid propaganda line about Syria in Western media supersedes even the traditional sectarian Christian bias of Western media coverage of the Middle East.
Angry Arab News Service
X-mas scenes from Aleppo
Assad Abu Khalil | Professor of Political Science, California State University, Stanislaus

But even then the celebration in government-controlled West Aleppo was disrupted.

Orthodox Cognate Page
Explosion disrupts Christmas celebrations in Aleppo


Reuters reports on on Christmas in Aleppo, although Reuters apparently has no one on the ground there.
Christians in Aleppo celebrated under a giant Christmas tree lit up for the first time in five years, hailing what many described as the return of peace to a city that came back under full government control last week.

Aleppo Christians celebrate holiday in hope peace has returned
Suleiman Al-Khalidi in Amman

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