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CAIR Maryland Community Alert: CAIR Urges Md. Mosque Leaders to Mark Friday as ‘Day of Prayer’ for Aleppo, Dedicate Sermon to Raising Awareness About War Crimes, Genocide

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/15/16) – The Maryland Outreach Department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today called on mosque leaders in that state to dedicate their Friday sermons to raising awareness about the catastrophic genocide taking place in Aleppo, Syria, and the urgent need to act.

CAIR welcomed news of the evacuation of at least some civilians from Aleppo, where Russia’s indiscriminate bombing campaign has resulted in the deaths of countless men, women and children.

Yesterday, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad joined other activists and leaders to help launch the #AleppoChallenge with a noon vigil outside the Russian embassy in Washington, D.C.

SEE: CAIR Director Launches #AleppoChallenge with Vigil Outside Russian Embassy in D.C.

Several CAIR chapters around the country are also holding events to call for an end to the killing of Syrian civilians.

CAIR-Cincinnati Community Leaders to Respond to War Crimes in Aleppo, Syria

The civil rights and advocacy organization has demanded the protection of civilians, humanitarian aid deliveries, and war crime charges for all parties proven to target civilians and civilian infrastructure including hospitals, schools, and playgrounds.

CAIR is also urging Maryland Muslim leaders to designate Friday as a 'Day of Prayer' for Aleppo and is asking them to encourage their communities to:

1. Call the White House at 202-456-1111 and demand an immediate, safe passage for civilians out of the combat zone.

2. Call the Russian Embassy in D.C. at 202-298-5700 to denounce that nation’s war crimes and to demand an end to the aggression against Syria’s civilian population.

3. Find and join a protest, rally or vigil, or organize a local event to speak out against the killing of Syrian civilians.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR Spokesperson Dr. Zainab Chaudry,, 410-971-6062; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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