Video Shows Extent of Damage to Armenian Genocide Memorial Church in Deir Ezzor
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Extensive damage to the Armenian Genocide Memorial Church in Deir Ezzor, Syria, since 2014 can be seen in new footage posted on November 8, after Syrian government forces took control of the city, long an Islamic State stronghold.

Several plaques with Armenian characters written on them can be seen cracked or completely destroyed on the inside of the church. Rubble is piled in the entryways and windows.

The church was a memorial to the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1917, in which Armenia claims 1.5 million Armenians were killed at the hands of Turks. However, Turkey does not recognize the genocide term, and said the number was closer to 300,000. The memorial had been a major pilgrimage site, according to the BBC. Tens of thousands of Armenians once lived in Deir Ezzor, and more in other Syrian cities, many whose ancestors fled the killings in the Ottoman Empire across unforgiving desert.

When Islamic State forces took control of the city in 2014, they blew up the Martyrs’ Church, according to Armenian and Syrian news reports. Since then, other culprits have been considered, such as members of the Jabhat-al-Nusra militia in 2014, possibly using Turkish weapons. Credit: Facebook/Sarkis Kassargian via Storyful

  • It is a well known fact that the Republic of Turkey and the present president of Turkey R. T. Erdogan and the current president of Azarbaijan E. Aliyev, both presidents paid for the destruction of the Armenian Genocide Memorial Church in Deir Ezzor, Syria, to the Islamist Terrorists. Both presidents' act is not the first time to destroy all Centuries Old Historic Armenian Landmarks in their respective countries, namely Turkey, which is the continuation of the Ottoman Empire, and Azerbaijan. Once the conflicts are over, these facts will definitely be revealed by international fact finders.
  • History repeats itself.
  • How depressing
  • The Turkish Government Arranged the Destruction of This Memorial with it's "Ally" ISIS.
  • that's just awful.
  • Well it is not an Armenian thing the whole freakin country is in ruin.
  • Armenia claims? Why don’t you say most of the western world recognizes the Genocide including France, Italy, Germany, Russia, Canada, Lebanon, and 48 states in the USA.
  • FROM VARTAN,

    ISIS CREATED BY CRIMINAL GEORGE BUSH AND TONY BLAIR AND
    RELEASED AL-BAGHDADI FROM ABU GHEREB PRISON AND STILL
    U.S. HELPING ISIS AND THEY TOOK THEM FOR SAFE SIDE FROM
    RIQQA AND HIDE THEM BY U.S. FORCES AND DO NOT BELIEVE THAT
    OUR U.S. FORCES KILLING ISIS AND ALL BLUFFS.
    YOU CAN SEE OUR ARMENIAN CHURCH OR ANY OTHER CHURCHES
    GEORGE BUSH DID IT IN IRAQ AND KILLED MANY PASTORS AND
    BOTH DID NOT CALL BY I.C.C. FOR TRIAL AND THESE TWO THE
    MOST WANTED CRIMINAL TODAY.

    PEACE ACTIVIST
  • instead of pointing out only the church itself as far as damage is concern they should be saying the whole town destruction and peoples shelters, as usual Armenian's selfishness thinking about themselves only, apparently according to the news only the destruction of the church is the main point here.
  • another proof that it is an ongoing genocide
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