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YEREVAN. – The Armenian community of Syria has found itself in a difficult situation because of the clashes in the country, Yerkir daily writes. 

“Our Syrian-Armenian community sources inform that an Armenian youth was kidnapped yesterday [Thursday] in an Armenian district of Aleppo, and they demand close to fifty-thousand dollars as ransom. The number of local crimes in Syria has increased in the recent times, since the authorities are busy with suppressing the anti-government demonstrations. And the Armenians, specifically the rich, have become the targets of potential thieves. Numerous rich Armenians are getting threats these days. And the youth who was kidnapped, in line with some information, is wealthy, too, and he had just gotten married. Later, information was also received concerning a second such incident,” Yerkir writes.

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