Syrian-Armenian Soldier Killed in Aleppo Fighting

Koko Ashnagilyan, a Syrian-Armenian serving in the army was killed

ALEPPO—An Armenian soldier serving in the Syrian army became the latest casualty of the three-year civil war when he was killed Tuesday.

Koko Ashnagilyan had not yet turned 20, according to Marina Gabrielyan, a reporter from Yerkir Media TV who is reporting on the conflict.

Funeral services and burial took place Wednesday at the Holy Trinity Armenian Church in Nor Kyugh, an Armenian neighborhood of Aleppo.

Sources on the ground reported that the injured were transported to the nearby French Hospital. The rocket attacks rocked the relative calm in the neighborhood and caused serious financial damage to the school and the surrounding properties.

According to the Aleppo-based Gandazasar weekly reporter Mosik Injejijkian, Paros students Nareg Marashlian and Hagop Khederlarian were among the injured. Paros teachers Silva Louledjian and Francois Deshoghlian were also among the wounded, while Rouba Arisian, who was visiting the school at the time of the attacks also sustained injuries.

Al-Monitor reported on Wednesday that the city “had not experienced anything like the current assault since the conflict began. The past week brought the most terrifying experiences local residents have had to confront.”

“Ceaseless bombardment and shelling lit up the night sky, and explosions shook buildings miles away. Air raid sorties by fighter jets lasted all day. Adding to the terror and confusion was a partial power and communications outage, which plunged the already panicked city into what could only be described as a state of hysteria and pandemonium. Frightened and dazed people attempted to flee to supposedly safer areas,” said the report by Al-Monitor.

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