It is said to be one of the strongest earthquakes to hit the region in over a century. An Open Doors partner called Fadi shares what he has seen in Latakia. His church buildings suffered material damage, though thankfully nobody was killed there.
“In other buildings in our city, there are dead people and you can hear now the ambulances. There are a lot of casualties,” he shares. “Please we ask you to pray for Latakia, to pray for Syria, for those who are suffering from the earthquake.”
According to another Open Doors partner in Syria, “The earthquake affected many cities in Syria, like Aleppo, Latakia, Tartus, Homs and Hama. It was very scary, I live in an apartment building; thank God our building did not collapse.”
She adds that a priest is still stuck under the rubble in Aleppo. It is not yet known how all Open Doors partner organizations and projects are affected, but any further information to inform your prayers will be added here.
Some of the destruction can be seen in the video above. Emergency workers continue to search the rubble for survivors.
Please join with the local church in praying for all affected – whether injured, traumatized or grieving.