More Armenian Deaths in Syria

DAMASCUS, ALEPPO (Combined Sources)—Three Armenians were killed under unknown circumstances Tuesday evening in an Armenian neighborhood of the Syrian capital, Damascus reported Aztag Daily.

Near the Armenian Cemetery in Damascus after an explosion there

Bedros Mattosian, 49. Kevork Matossian, 46, and 22-year-old Levon Bedros Matossian, were identified as the latest Syrian Armenians to be killed in the continuing civil unrest in Syria, the Damascus Diocese told Armenpress Tuesday.

On Monday evening, three car bombs exploded in the Armenian-populated Djarmana neighborhood of Damascus, Aztag Daily reported.

On Tuesday afternoon, during a funeral of Druze community member, another car bomb claimed 12 lives. The Damascus Diocese confirmed that during that incident, there were no Armenian victims.

The Djarmana neighborhood has been a Druze community stronghold, with a majority Christian population. During the last two decades some 400 Armenian families have made the neighborhood their home.

Syrian-Armenian community leader Nazareth Elmadjian told Armenpress that clashes continue in Damascus and its suburbs, with government opposition forces targeting major city and town centers. He explained that the Syrian Army has been working to thwart large-scale attacks in Damascus.

Meanwhile in Aleppo, the situation remains tense, yet it is evidently more under control.

Syrian Prelacy spokesperson Jirair Reyissian told Yerkir Media that there were no new victims from the Armenian community in Aleppo.

During the last week, Reyissian said, the densely Armenian-populated areas of Aleppo were under attack. This area, which houses Armenian-owned businesses and organizations, including the Syrian Prelacy (known as the Peria Prelacy), the Forty Martyrs Church and several schools, has come under aerial bombardments and ground attacks.

In another suburb of Aleppo, which houses the Armenian nursing home, attacks have continued. The nursing home has incurred structural damage, but the residents of the home are reportedly safe, according to Reyissian, who added that rebel forces have intermittently entered the home.

Members of the Syrian-Armenian emergency team in Aleppo continue to assess and meet the needs of the community and have distributed basic supplies and food to residents of Armenian-populated areas of Aleppo. The emergency team members have been effective in evacuating community members from hard hit areas, such as the Jedidieh neighborhood.

“We hope that due to the emergency team efforts as well as the people’s resilience will allow them to endure this unnatural situation,” Reyissian told Yerkir Media.

In the Western United States, all community organizations have come together to form the Syrian-Armenian Relief Fund. The group is urging community members to donate and assist in the efforts of helping our community in Syria.

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