YEREVAN, April 23. / ARKA /. Anelik Bank said today its staff members have donated one million drams for ethnic Armenian refugees from the Syrian town of Kessab. The money was transferred to a special account in the bank.
Bank employees joined the fundraising campaign organized by the Jinishian Memorial Foundation which has a branch in Syria and can organize quick delivery of the donated funds to the refugees.
Astghik Minasyan, a press officer for the bank, was quoted as saying in a press release that donations were made by all members of the staff, including top managers.
"Working together with the Jinishian Memorial Foundation we are sure that that all the money donated for our compatriots from Kessab will reach the refugees and help to some extent alleviate their plight,” she added.
Kessab, which is home to over 2,000 ethnic Armenians, is located in Syria’s Latakia province, just miles away from Turkey. On March 21, extremist groups affiliated with al-Qaeda crossed into Syria from Turkey with the blessing of its authorities and seized the town after clashes with Syrian government troops.
The extremist groups desecrated Armenian churches of Kessab and caused damage to property of local population who were forced to flee to Latakia.
Anelik Bank was founded in 1990. It is now owned fully by Lebanese CreditBank SAL. -0-