YEREVAN, March 24. / ARKA /. Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan will make a statement today to the press in connection with the events in the town of Kessab in northern Syria that has mostly Armenian population, Sargsyan’s spokesman, Arman Saghatelian twitted.
He said the president, who is in the Netherlands now to attend a unclear security summit, will make the statement at the press center in The Hague.
According to news reports from Syria, rebels associated with Al-Qaeda’s al-Nusra Front, Sham al-Islam and Ansar al-Sham crossed the Turkish border and attacked the Armenian civilian population of the area in the early hours of March 21. Some 670 Armenian families, the majority of the population of Kessab, were evacuated by the local Armenian community leadership to safer areas in neighboring Basit and Latakia.
On Saturday, March 22, Syrian troops launched a counteroffensive in an attempt to regain the border crossing point, eye-witnesses and state media reported.
However, on Sunday, March 23, the extremist groups once again entered the town of Kessab, took the remaining Armenian families hostage, desecrated the town’s three Armenian churches, pillaging local residences and occupying the town and surrounding villages. -0-