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670 Kessab Armenian families find refuge in Syria’s Latakia

16:24, 24.03.2014 Region: Armenia, Diaspora, Middle East Theme: Politics

ALEPPO. – A total of 670 Armenian families from Syria’s predominantly Armenian-populated town of Kessab have found shelter in the school and the church in Latakia city.

Press service of the Diocese of Aleppo of the Armenian Apostolic Church informed the aforementioned.

The source added that these Armenians also include those who earlier had moved to Kessab from Aleppo and several other Armenian-populated cities in Syria.

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent, the Armenian Relief Cross of Syria, and the organization of the Greek Orthodox Church are lending a helping hand to the Armenians who have escaped the terrorist attacks.  

In the early morning on March 21, armed militants from the Jabhat al-Nusra  Islamic terrorist group infiltrated into northern Syria’s Latakia Governorate, which is predominantly inhabited by Armenians and Alawites. Two large groups of terrorists had launched the attack from Turkey. Numerous displaced Kessab Armenians are currently sheltered in Latakia city. On Sunday, Turkish fighter planes downed in Kessab a Syrian military aircraft that was conducting a mission against the Islamic terrorists. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad promised Catholicos Aram I of the Great House of Cilicia of the Armenian Apostolic Church to do everything possible to protect the Armenians in Kessab.

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