Kessab population in danger, partially evacuated to Latakia

The border town Kessab has been shelled by Erdogans dogs again; No happy Christmas for the Armenian inhabitants of Kessab.

December 24, 2014 - 16:02 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net - The residents of the Armenian-populated Syrian town of Kessab are once again finding themselves in danger. The town, that just started reviving after the spring 2014’s tragic events, was under the threat of shelling 2 days ago, after the rocket strike on Leghi Jur checkpoint nearby, according to
The majority of the Kessab population was reevaluated to Latakia. Also, groups of armed militants were noted at the border with Syria, military sources report.

Located in the northwestern corner of Syria, near the border with Turkey, Kessab had, for a while evaded major battles in the Syrian conflict. The local Armenian population had increased in recently years with the city serving as safe haven for those fleeing from the war-torn cities of Yacubiye, Rakka and Aleppo. On March 21, extremist foreign fighters launched a vicious attack on Kessab civilians, forcing them to flee neighboring Latakia and Bassit. Hundreds of Kessab Armenians found refuge in Latakia.

The 3-year civil war in Syria took the lives of over 170,000 and displaced around 9 million. Before the war, Syria was home to around 80,000 Armenians. At present, 10,000 left for Armenia and 5,000 for Lebanon.