Qamishli, Syria (AINA) — Three explosions targeted Assyrian businesses in Qamishli, Syria today. The first was at the Miami restaurant and the second at the Gabriel restaurant, both owned by Assyrians. The restaurants are in an Assyrian neighborhood and commercial district in the center of the city. The explosions at Miami and Gabriel restaurants occurred within minutes of each other.
A third attack targeted the Youth Restaurant, in the western part of Qamishli, which is also owned by Assyrians.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has visited the families of Iranian Christian martyrs on the occasion of Jesus Christ’s birth anniversary, Press TV reports.
In a picture published by @khamenei_ir Twitter account on Saturday, Ayatollah Khamenei can be seen during a meeting with the mother of a Christian martyr who lost life during the Iraq-Iran war.
The head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Tawadros II, paid a visit on Friday to major Catholic churches in Cairo to extend his best wishes for Christmas.
The pope expressed his joy that members of all of Egypt’s religious denominations and faiths were participating in this year’s Christmas celebrations.
In a December 22 speech at Al-Azhar University, on the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday, Egyptian President Abd Al-Fattah Al-Sisi addressed an audience of Al-Azhar clerics, calling them to teach respect for others from the mosque pulpits.
President Al-Sisi congratulated the Christians on Christmas, stating: “What divides us destroys us.”