The killing in Syria just continues unabated. The sins of the Assad regime — and the Radical Islamists, and the Iranians and Hamas and Russia — just keep mounting.
Is there a point of no return? Can Syria ever be put back together?
Is it possible that the geopolitical state that have long known as the Arab republic of Syria will cease to exist in the not-too-distant future? Is it even possible that we are heading towards the judgment of Damascus, as foretold in the Bible in Isaiah 17 and Jeremiah 49, in which the city will be utterly destroyed?
Here are the latest tragic statistics:
“The death toll in Syria reached at least 93,000 at the end of April, but the true number from the violence now in its third year may be much higher, the United Nations human rights office said on Thursday,” reports Reuters. “An average of more than 5,000 people have been killed every month since July, while the Damascus region and Aleppo have recorded the highest tolls since November, it said in its latest study of documented deaths.”
“This extremely high rate of killings, month after month, reflects the drastically deteriorating pattern of the conflict over the past year,” Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a statement.
“The previous UN figure, issued in mid-May, was that 80,000 had been killed in the conflict, which began with peaceful protests against Syrian President Bashar Assad in March 2011 and turned into an armed rebellion a few months later,” Reuters notes. “The latest analysis was based on data from eight sources, including the Syrian government and the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Killings were only included if the name of the victim and date and location of death were known.”
Let us remember that each number is a person, and each person has a story, and each person has a family. Let us be praying for the people of Syria, and for the Church in Syria, that God may have mercy on these people and bring an end to the bloodletting.