Armenian Catholic Church in Diyarbakir Damaged

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Turkish police broke through the historic doors of the St. Giragos Catholic Armenian Church (Source: Public Radio of Armenia)

Turkish police broke through the historic doors of the St. Giragos Catholic Armenian Church (Source: Public Radio of Armenia)

DIYARBAKIR (Public Radio of Armenia)—The St. Giragos Armenian Catholic Church in Diyarbakir became the target of attacks by Turkish policemen during the curfew announced in the Sur municipality of Diyarbakir, Akunq.net reports, quoting Turkish Dicle News Agency.

According to sources, the policemen not only attacked the church, but also stole historic items.

The Armenian community plans on taking the case to court, President of the Armenian Association of Mesopotamia Arat Karagozyan told the agency. He said the damage inflicted amounts to 300,000 Turkish liras.

Karagozyan added that the police broke the historic doors to enter the church. He said six large historic faience pictures and a number of carved stones were stolen.

St. Giragos suffered minor damages earlier this month during clashes between Turkish police forces and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militia. Fighting on September 7 left the church with broken windows and damaged walls as a result of an explosion and gunfire.

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