The Nazarene Fund Responds: ISIS Attack on Peaceful Syrian City
Sweida, a small Syrian city located in the country’s south near the Jordanian border, has been one of the safest cities throughout the Syrian crisis until last Wednesday, the day which the people of Sweida are now calling “black Wednesday.”
This week, Sweida’s veneer of safety was shattered when a series of coordinated attacks were carried out in the city’s center. The culprit – ISIS.
Sweida is the major city in the world for the Druze, a religious minority that also has a small presence in Lebanon and Egypt. Besides Druze, Christians have been living in Sweida peacefully for centuries, having many active churches and large congregations.
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for this horrific day of carnage that devastated this peaceful city surrounded by war and chaos. The death toll has risen to more than 200 after the attacks in a government-held part of Sweida. Men, women and children were slaughtered in their beds during the early morning hours, and an additional 200 people have been injured.
The people of Sweida say that most of the reports in Western media about the attacks ignored the fact that no government forces helped defend the people of Sweida. Those who repelled the ISIS invaders were the local militias who used whatever private weapons available. The jihadist group lost 75 fighters during the wave of violence.
The Nazarene Fund, along with its partner Mercury One, are stepping in to assist the survivors with humanitarian aid through local area churches.
We are praying for the city of Sweida and its people. Please join us as we to support this community as it recovers from this terrible tragedy.