Kessab Hit by Rocket Fire from Turkey

Smoke rises from building in Kessab during another attack by Turkish-backed militants in 2014
Smoke rises from building in Kessab during another attack by Turkish-backed militants in 2014

Smoke rises from building in Kessab during another attack by Turkish-backed militants in 2014

ALEPPO—At 3:15 p.m. local time on Wednesday Kessab was hit by two GRAD missiles rattling the residents of the mainly Armenian-populated city in Syria, reported the executive editor of Gandzasar newspaper Zarmig Boghigian.

The rocket fire came from the direction of the Turkish border, according to Boghigian. One of the rockets landed a 55 yards from the Kessab mosque, while the other landed on the street behind the Holy Trinity Armenian Evangelical Church in the city.

The rocket fire caused heavy damage with one reported injury reported. No fatalities were reported.

Kessab residents, especially children who were playing in their yard were severely shaken by the attack.

In March, 2014 Islamic militants affiliated with al Qaeda attacked Kessab, bringing the city under siege for three months and forcing its population to flee to nearby Lattakia and elsewhere. In June, 2014, forces affiliated with the Syrian government liberated Kessab, paving the way for families to return to their home, which were looted and destroyed by the Turkish-backed Muslim militants.


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  1. Vindicated Man said:

    The Genocide never stopped. It’s been going on for a long time. It started much earlier than 1915.

  2. Raffi said:

    Turkey continues it’s Genocidal attacks on Armenians, inside and outside Turkey.

  3. zarkim said:

    You use salt to prevent things from rotting, but woe when the salt itself is rotten.
    Har che begandad namakash mizanand Waay be roozy ke begandad namak.
    هر چه بگندد نمکش میزنند وای به روزی که بگندد نمک
    Americans funded, armed and encouraged Turkey to allow 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. Aiding and abetting: Americans have helped (And still do) Turkey Loot Iraq/Syira including stealing oil.
    Turkish terrorists that attacked Kessab were encouraged by Americans/allies and NATO including ISRAEL. ISIS exists because of Americans and their allies. ISIS’s stronghold/nest is in Turkey.
    American Administrating is gone bad.
    Syria has been a SHELTER to millions of ETHNIC minorities for centuries. Why does anyone want to destroy it? Learn from Syria about MULTICULTURALISM. Syria should be congratulated. Even “ISRAELIS” used Syria as a safe-heaven. Look at the way THESE “Wolves in sheepskin” show their appreciation. Look what these “ANIMALS” have done to SYRIA/Aleppo?
    Americans/allies used to hate ALL terrorists. Mr Obama use to threaten to hunt down ALL terrorists and punish them. Americans used to look for any EXCUSE (even if they had to FABRICATE one!) to punish ALL “terrorists”. Look at them now!
    Turkey is America’s back licker. What is Turkey going to learn from Americans?

  4. Norin said:

    Perhaps the Kessab Armenians should start organizing local militias and set up perimeter defense in coordination with government forces that are spread thin. Rather than running at the first sign of trouble like lambs, maybe it’s time Armenians in Kessab took some definitive action to defend their own town and neighborhood, I’m sure if they asked for training and small arms to fortify the town, both the Russians and Syrian government would oblige them. Instead, at the first sign of trouble, they flee from their homes and expect others to defend their lands and churches, then when all is honky dori again, they come back. It’s high time we Armenians showed a bit more intitiative in these conflicts much like the Kurds have, which is why they are taken more seriously and are in the verge of gaining independence while we continue to whine to Basher Asad to protect us.

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