Pope condemns Aleppo bus convoy attack

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - 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.

On Saturday, at least 112 people lost their lives and dozens of others sustained injuries when a bombing struck several buses carrying people from two Shia-majority villages in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, as they were waiting to enter the city of Aleppo.

The blast hit al-Rashideen district on the western outskirts of Aleppo, located some 355 kilometers north of the capital, Damascus, as buses were stopping at a checkpoint on Saturday afternoon.



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