Syriac Maronite Archbishops denounce military escalation in southern Lebanon, condemn Israeli actions in Gaza and West Bank

BETH KERKE, Lebanon — During their monthly periodic meeting at the Patriarchal Edifice in Beth Kerke (Bkerke), the Archbishops of the Syriac Maronite Church expressed their concerns about the military escalation in southern Lebanon between Israeli and Hezbollah, which left causalities and injured, as well as great destruction in some villages and towns.

The meeting was chaired by Syriac Maronite Patriarch Mor Bechara Boutros al-Rai.

During their meeting, the participants condemned the killing, destruction and abuse in the Gaza Strip and West Bank by the Israeli Army and Israeli settlers.

The participants demanded a final ceasefire in preparation for negotiations on the basis of a two-state solution.

The Syriac Maronite Archbishops condemned opening new fronts in southern Lebanon, considering it a violation of the sovereignty of Lebanon as an independent state.

They also condemned the encroachment on the Christian clergy, who perform their duty and carry out their service in the Holy Land.

In their concluding remarks, the participants wished peace and security to Lebanon and the Lebanese people.