President Sargsyan Delivers Speech in Hague Summit
The Armenian populated villages of Kessab (Kessab, Kasab), Syria were the target of three days of brutal cross-border attacks from Turkey by al-Qaeda affiliated armed bands, which have cost 80 lives and forced the civilian population of the area to flee for the neighboring hills, with many seeking safe-haven in the nearby cities of Latakia and Basit.
According to news reports, the armed incursion began on Friday, March 21st, 2014 at 5:45am, with rebels associated with Al-Qaeda’s al-Nusra Front. Sham al-Islam and Ansar al-Sham crossing the Turkish border and attacking the Armenian civilian population of Kessab. The attackers immediately seized two guard posts overlooking Kessab, including a strategic hill known as Observatory 45 and later took over the border crossing point with Turkey. Snipers targeted the civilian population and launched mortar attacks on the town and the surrounding villages.
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan made a statement in Europe for the press on Kessab events.