Algeria: Muslims and Christians pray together for peace in the Middle East

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Muslims and Christians gathered Saturday evening in the Notre-Dame d'Afrique basilica in Algiers to pray for peace in the Middle East, noted an AFP journalist.

Around 200 people, including foreign diplomats and association leaders, responded to the call of the Catholic Church of Algeria to pray for peace in the Gaza Strip "whose inhabitants today pay a unbearable tribute", according to a press release from the Archbishopric of Algiers.

Among them, the ambassadors of France, Stephane Romatet, and of Palestine, Fisent Mohamed Mahoum Abu Aita, the archbishop of Algiers, Jean-Paul Vesco, and the president of the Algerian association Passerelles de la Paix, Youcef Mecheria.

Mr. Romatet hailed as "an important moment" the presence in the basilica of a "very diverse community, both Muslims and Christians (...) at a time when world peace is in danger, particularly what is happening in the Middle East.

“We responded to this call to pray for an end to the conflict in the Middle East, in Palestine and Gaza,” said Mr. Mecheria.

A war has pitted Israel against Hamas since October 7, triggered by the bloody and unprecedented attack by the Palestinian Islamist movement on Israeli soil from the Gaza Strip.

In retaliation, Israel, which vowed to “annihilate” Hamas, relentlessly bombed the small, overpopulated Palestinian territory. 

A seven-day truce ended Friday morning and fighting resumed with a vengeance.

Writing (with AFP) 

Image credit: Shutterstock / As-GD

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