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Pope condemns Aleppo bus convoy attack as 'ignoble'
April 16, 2017 / 10:24 AM / 5 months ago

Pope condemns Aleppo bus convoy attack as 'ignoble'

Pope Francis waves before delivering his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) message from the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 16, 2017. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Sunday condemned a bomb blast on a crowded Syrian bus convoy that killed at least 112 people outside Aleppo as an “ignoble” attack.

“May (God) in a particular way sustain the efforts of those who are actively working to bring healing and comfort to the civilian population of Syria, the beloved and martyred Syria, who are victims of a war that does not cease to sow horror and death,” he said in his Easter Sunday message to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square.

“Yesterday’s was the latest ignoble attack on fleeing refugees,” he said.

The blast hit buses carrying Shi‘ite residents as they waited to cross from rebel into government territory in an evacuation deal between the warring sides..

Reporting by Philip Pullella; Editing by Alison Williams

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