I had read that the Syrian Arab Army is already beginning to launch a counterattack within this region. They captured Crac de Chaveliers, Al-Qusair and Yabrud, so this village shouldn't be too difficult for them. Hopefully they can recapture the city so that these families can return to their homes.Looks like they already have:
Lord, have mercy!
There are conflicting reports, and unfortunately, the latest word is that the terrorists still are in Kessab:http://massispost.com/2014/03/kessab-remains-under-the-control-of-islamist-fighters/
The Kessab committee of the Social Democrat Hunchakian Party (SDHP) has dismissed reports that the Syrian army liberated the Armenian-populated city of Kessab.
“According to confirmed information, the islamist fighters are moving towards Latakia, where the Armenians of Kessab have found refuge,” SDHP Armenia Chairman Narek Galstyan said in a Facebook post.
He said Kessab is being robbed with the stolen property being transported to Turkey. Turkish servicemen are actively supporting the rebels.
Here is an article describing the looting that is taking place, and how the terrorists are mistreating the elderly and infirm who could not move:http://asbarez.com/121079/armenian-homes-in-kessab-looted-occupied/
People who fled are calling their home phones, and the terrorists who are occupying their homes are answering, some in Turkish.
The President of Armenia has gone to The Hague where he has protested what is happening. In his speech, he touched upon the history of Kessab:
The President expressed his deep concern over the events in Kessab. “All of us perfectly remember the history of Kessab, which was unfortunately full of hellish realities of deportations in the last 100 years,” said Serzh Sargsyan.http://www.panorama.am/en/politics/2014/03/25/president-kessab-statement/
The President noted that the first scourge was back in April 1909 when the Turkish armed detachments invaded Kessab. The Armenians took shelter in mountain Garaturan and on the coast. After setting Kessab on fire and plundering it, Turks made their way to Garaturan, burned and looted the houses of the upper district. A French ship transported Armenians to Latakia. After living in Latakia for one year, the emigrants returned to Kessab and rebuilt their houses.
When touching upon the historical facts, Serzh Sargsyan also recalled another date – events of 1915, when the Kessab population also experienced migration and exiles of the Armenian Genocide. Armenians of Kessab were exiled in two directions: to Deir ez-Zor and to the south up to Jordan. Thousands died en route, the majority perished in Deir ez-Zor deserts.
The Kessabtsis, like all Christians being persecuted in Syria right now, still need our prayers. Thank you, everyone, for your continued prayers.