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Kessab Targeted
24 mars 2014

Kessab Targeted by Al-Qaeda Front Groups in Cross-Border Attack from TurkeyKESSAB, SYRIA

The Armenian populated villages of Kesab (Kessab, Kasab), Syria were the target of three days of brutal cross-border attacks from Turkey by al-Qaeda affiliated armed bands, which have cost 80 lives and forced the civilian population of the area to flee for to neighboring hills, with many seeking safe-haven in the nearby cities of Latakia and Basit.

In a written statement, the Armenian National Committee-International, condemned the attacks and Turkey's active role in aiding and abetting extremist groups in their targeted attacks against the Christian and minority populations in Syria. "For months, we have warned the international community of the imminent threat posed by extremist foreign fighters against the Christian minority population in Syria," noted the ANC-I statement. "These vicious and unprompted attacks against the Armenian-populated town and villages of Kesab are the latest examples of this violence, actively encouraged by neighboring Turkey. We call upon all states with any influence in the Syrian conflict to use all available means to stop these attacks against the peaceful civilian population of Kesab, to allow them to return to their homes in safety and security. In the last one hundred years, this is the third time that the Armenians are being forced to leave Kesab and in all three cases, Turkey is the aggressor or on the side of the aggressors."

Source: www.armenianweekly.com/2014/03/23/kessab-targeted-by-al-qaeda-front-groups-in-cross-border-attack-from-turkey/

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