According to the Armenian Defense Ministry statement made on June 7, Armenia has sent another major consignment of humanitarian assistance to Syria. It is stated that the humanitarian aid was sent on behalf of the Armenian President within the framework of previous agreements between the ministries.
The humanitarian aid includes 18 tons of food and basic necessities. It was delivered by air. Representatives of the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Armenia were sent to Syria to distribute food and essential supplies.
Various estimates suggest that between 70 to 130 thousand people are in the Armenian diaspora in Syria. They found themselves in a difficult situation after the beginning of the conflict in Syria. A mass outflow of Armenians to the historical homeland from Syria has been going on since 2012. According to the information provided by RA Minister of Diaspora, Hranush Hakobyan, to Inside Syria Media Center, about 18,000 Syrian Armenians received Armenian citizenship in 2016.
Aleppo now in relative peace, says, local Armenian editor
After months and years of heavy bombings targeting civilians in different districts, Aleppo is now facing a relative peace, according to Shahan Kandaharian, the editor of Aztag Daily (an Aleppo-based Armenian publication).
“The tension still continues, but superpowers’ presence is significant, specifically in Syria. Returning to our problems, however, I should say that the situation is now relatively calm in Aleppo as we observe [an increase in the number of people] returning to the city. We see also many of our compatriots return from Lebanon,” he said at a news conference in Yerevan.
Meanwhile, Kandaharian highlighted the continuing active efforts towards rebuilding the city, noting that many residents can now use a “long but safe road corridor” connecting Aleppo with other cities and towns.
“We do not as yet see a massive influx of Armenians from Lebanon to Syria, but certain families and businessmen go and come from time to time. Those who stay in Syria continue receiving assistance, both educational and medical, etc,” he said, admitting at the same time that an estimated 10,000 people have fled to Lebanon since the eruption of hostilities.
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June 7, 2017 in News