Syrian-Armenians Kidnapped on Syria-Turkey Border


ALEPPO (Armenpress) — Kidnappings of Syrian-Armenians continue on the Turkish border, according to Kantsasar Weekly’s Zarmik Poghikyan.

“On July 28 in the morning a small bus left from Aleppo to Turkey, [comprising] three Armenian families — seven women and two teenagers. On the Turkish border the bus was forced to stop. The militants kidnapped the 14-year-old and 12-year-old and released the women, who are in Turkey now. We have no information about the young people at this time,” said Poghikyan.

During the last week, the Syrian-Armenians suffered considerable losses: an Armenian woman was killed in a bus attack and 17 people were wounded. A child was wounded by a stray bullet and on July 26 four Armenian men were kidnapped by the militants. A group of Armenian women were misdirected to a pub in a Turkish province instead of the designated one in Yerevan.

According to UN data, more than 100,000 people have died in the two years of conflict. Currently, 4.5 million refugees live in Syria and 1.5 million live in neighboring countries. Several Armenians have been killed as a result of the fighting. Many Syrian-Armenians continue to flee the country. Additionally, three Syrian-Armenians were wounded in recent explosions.

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