Syria: Dutch Jesuit priest killed in besieged Homs

Desperate appeal 3 months ago, 'there is nothing to eat'

07 April, 15:31

    Damage caused by a mortar shell that fell on a house in Homs Damage caused by a mortar shell that fell on a house in Homs

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, - The elderly Dutch Jesuit priest Frans van der Lugt was killed on Monday in the Old City of Homs, long besieged by troops under Bashar Al-Assad's regime. Several non-violent activist sources from the city has reported the news on the internet but it has not yet been independently confirmed. Several sources from Homs say that Father Frans, as he was known in the area, died from bullet wounds. The priest was 75 years old and had been living in Syria for over thirty years.

    Three months ago he had launched a desperate appeal via YouTube for the starving population in the city to be taken to safety. ''Alongside Muslims we are in a difficult and painful situation and we are suffering from many problems, the largest of which is hunger,'' Father Frans said. ''There is nothing for the people to eat. Nothing is more painful that to see mothers in the street searching for food for their children.'' ''I do not accept the fact that we are dying of hunger. I do not accept the fact that we are being knocked down by the waves of death,'' he continued. ''We love life, we want to live. And we do not want to sink into a sea of pain and suffering.'' Between the end of January and the beginning of February, about 1,400 people were evacuated from the Old City of Homs on the basis of an agreement between the UN and the Syrian regime, but the humanitarian conditions for civilians in the war-torn city are dire. (ANSAmed).

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