Citizens burned incense today to commemorate the martyrs of the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA) at the ASALA memorial located at Yerablur Military Pantheon in Yerevan.
August 7th is marked as the day of remembrance of the martyrs of the ASALA since it was on this day in 1982 when the detachment of suicide bombers of the ASALA, led by Zohrab Sarkissian, performed Operation Karin and seized Ankara Esenboğa Airport. During the attack, Levon Ekmekjian received a serious injury, while Zohrab Sarkissian blew himself up.
According to ASALA fighter Vazgen Sislyan, ASALA accomplished its mission, and there is no need for such an organization now.
The Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA) is an Armenian secret military-political organization that was active between the years of 1975 and 1997.