Images Show Extent of Damage to Diyarbakir’s Armenian Catholic Church

Images show the extent of damage to the Armenian Catholic Church

From The Armenian Weekly

On Feb. 14, reports emerged that the Armenian Catholic Church of Diyarbakir had suffered extensive damages during clashes between Turkish armed forces and Kurdish militants in recent months. A series of images depicting the extent of the damage to the church were posted on the “Armenian Church Surp Giragos and Surp Sarkis in Diyarbakir” Facebook page. The Armenian Catholic Church is located in the historic Sur district of Diyarbakir, which has been a target of military operations by the Turkish state.

There has been some confusion about which of the churches had suffered in the clashes. The Armenian Weekly was able to confirm with Gafur Turkay of the Surp Giragos Foundation that these images are not of the Surp Giragos Church. Meanwhile, Armenpress reported that it was able to confirm with Agos editor Yetvart Danzikyan that the church in question was the Armenian Catholic Church. Danzikyan also reportedly noted: “There are churches in the areas where the clashes are taking place. No one was able to enter [the area] for two months. The leadership of Surp Giragos Armenian Apostolic Church will have a meeting with the governor today.”

The Armenian Catholic Church has been under government jurisdiction. It was renovated by the local municipality some years ago, and reportedly used by locals as a childcare center for the past four years.

Images show the extent of damage to the Surp Sarkis Armenian Catholic Church

Images show the extent of damage to the Surp Sarkis Armenian Catholic Church

Armenian Weekly contributor Raffi Bedrosyan in a Jan. 7 article had written that “[The historic Sur district] is now mostly in ruins. Most of the buildings have been destroyed by rockets and cannon fire from army tanks. The Surp Giragos Church has escaped relatively unscathed with only broken windows and some bullet holes. But the Armenian Catholic Church had its doors broken down and some internal damage. The most important mosque in Sur, the historic Kursunlu Mosque—originally the St. Theodoros or Toros Armenian Church, converted to a mosque in the 16th century—has been completely burned down.”

A photograph of an alleged Turkish police officer making the Gray Wolf salute while inside the Surp Giragos Church has been shared on social media.

A photograph of an alleged Turkish police officer making the Gray Wolf salute while inside the Surp Giragos Church has been shared on social media.

Meanwhile, in recent days, a photograph of an alleged Turkish police officer making the Gray Wolf salute while inside the Surp Giragos Church has been shared on social media. The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) shared the photograph on its English language Facebook and Twitter pages, stating: “Turkish police humiliating Christians in Surp Giragos of Diyarbakir, largest Armenian Church in the Middle East. In the picture, the status says ‘Sultan Alparslan’s grandchildren bring the infidels of churches to faith.’” The Armenian Weekly was unable to independently verify the authenticity of the image.

Note: In its initial report, the Armenian Weekly noted that the damaged church was known as the Surp Sarkis Armenian Catholic Church. The name of the church is not Surp Sarkis. Surp Sarkis is an Armenian Apostolic Church, also in Diyarbakir. We regret the error.

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  1. zarkim said:

    Americans/allies including NATO and Israel encouraged/funded and armed Turkish terrorists to commit crimes against humanity. Turkey allowed these terrorists to get stronger, enter Syria/Iraq and kill/kidnap innocent civilians. Most of these terrorists’ weapons were supplies by US Administration and allies.
    http://asbarez.com/128206/turkish-dealers-help-isis-earn-1-mil-per-day/
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    Turkish terrorists that attacked Kesab were encouraged by Americans/allies and NATO including ISRAEL. ISIS exists because of Americans and their allies. ISIS’s stronghold/nest is in Turkey.
    http://asbarez.com/121807/young-kessab-armenian-killed-by-rebels/
    http://asbarez.com/121007/reports-cite-80-dead-in-kessab-churches-desecrated/
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    These ANIMALS are afraid of a church. What did Turkey achieve by destroying this church?
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    This damaged church is holier than all of Turkish plundering history.
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    Every dog has its day HIRSIZ.
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    Shame on you HAYVANS.

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