Explosions Rock Aleppo’s Armenian District

Emergency workers in Aleppo search through debris after explosions struck the city

ALEPPO—Explosions rocked the Armenian-populated areas of Syria’s largest city at around 6 p.m. local time Friday, injuring two Armenians and causing severe damage to buildings in the Villaner and Sheikh Taha neighborhoods, reported Zarmig Boghigian a reporter for the Gandzasar Weekly.

One of the injured was identified at Garbis Boshkezanian, a student at the Karen Jeppe College and the other, Garabed Tavidian.

Firefighters came on the scene immediately and the wounded were transported to a nearby hospital.

Earlier on Friday, another rocket attack on Aleppo injured three, Garbis Kapaian, Raffi Balian and his son, Garo.

This follows days of intense fighting in Aleppo and the Armenian-populated neighborhoods.

On Thursday, Krikor Alkdjian was injured. Three Syrian-Armenians were killed between Wednesday and Thursday. Raffi Hekimian sustained fatal wounds from artillery fire on Wednesday, which 25-year-old William Margarian, a Syrian Army soldier died Thursday.

Khajag Djamgotchian, a 7th grade student also sustained injuries during fighting in Aleppo on Thursday.


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  1. Hratch said:

    Stop the stubbornness. Armenians must move to Armenia and build their own country. In fact, the migration should have started 20 years ago. What good is it to have a country in which no one wants to live in? Until when must Armenians stay in foreign land? What is the purpose – what is the end game? Unless they wise up and move, such tragic stories will only continue to fill the pages of our newspapers.

  2. Edward Demian said:

    There may be some interest in establishing, as in the past, an expeditionary force, much like the American Legion during the Spanish Civil war. A thousand strong batallion can quickly be assembled from volunteers from all over the world. I think that with presidents Assad ‘ OK, and a possible U N nod, that such a force can accomplish much for our Nations credibility. Armenia needs to be cautious, but daring too. Yes we showed once again that when cornered, we will fight. A semi autonomous Antakia province, can accomplish wonders in a future of thousands of possible political chess plays.
    Once again I was going to call on the ARF. I think that they have been called upon to act at every major disaster, and have not disappointed. But it’s time for another segment of Armenian society, yes, another party. It should be a party that has a lot of simpathysers in Armenia and even the US, France, Argentina, Turkey, etc… This party has been left of the hook for many years. Yes, this time it should be the Armenian Communist Party.
    It makes more sense that with their contacts in Syria and elsewhere, that they are in position to be the most effective. We are watching.