Assaults targeting Armenians in Samatya

Four elderly Armenian women have been assaulted in the last two months, raising suspicions of a shady plot being orchestrated to disturb the peace between Turkish and Armenian communities living in the area.

Assaults targeting Armenians in Samatya

World Bulletin/News Desk

Four elderly Armenian women have been assaulted in the last two months in the Samatya neighborhood of İstanbul's Fatih district, raising suspicions of a shady plot being orchestrated to disturb the peace between Turkish and Armenian communities living in the area.

An 80-year-old Armenian woman, Sultan Aykar, was assaulted on Tuesday by a masked man in Samatya, leaving her with serious injuries.

On Jan. 6, another elderly Armenian woman was assaulted as she was walking to the local church. Thanks to help from passersby, the woman was saved from the hands of the three assailants. Maritsa Küçük, 85, who lived on her own in Samatya, was attacked in her apartment on Dec. 28, 2012. She was brutally killed by repeated stabbing. Her valuables were also taken. In the early days of last December, an 87-year-old Armenian woman was also attacked in the Samatya apartment where she lived on her own. Her valuables were also taken, she was severely beaten and as a result she lost one eye.

Assaults are usurpation no one search nothing behind them

Akop Yelegan, he is Armenian Turkish citizen. He is brother of the Sultan Ayka who was attacked and injured in Samatya. Yelegan said that assault which directed to his sister was a grab attempt. No one should search anything behind this attack.

“In Samatya Most of my clients are Turks. We are together with our neighbors and there is no any discrimination between us,” said Yelegan.

Adem Akdemir, head mean of the Kaocamustafa district where the Samatya Neighborhood belongs there as formally said that he had been headman of the district. “Armenian and Turks live brotherly and peace in this district. There is no any problem between each others. Both Armenian and Turkish help each others in the hard days. The attacks which directed to Armenian citizens make very sad," said Akdemir.

Akdemir stressd that he spoke some Armenian neighbors who are a little bit anxious on the last assaults.

Erol Ülkü, he has been exploiting a shop for 55 year said both Armenian and Turks visit each others in their nationals and religious feasts. I grew up with my Armenian friends in the same neighborhoods. Ülkü said the last attacks gave us a deep grief. “There is no any trouble between Armenian and Turks,” added Ülkü.

Kemal Dikici , a craftsman in the Samatya said they live in peace with Armenian. “Our friendships and neighborliness have been continuing without any problem,” noted Dikici.

Mustafa Altın, a taxi driver in Samatya said that despite he is being a Muslim most of his friends are Armenians. I grew up with Armenians together. I sometimes say my mother “Mama” like Armenians. He also showed both church and mosque and said look they are side by side. They are proof of our friendship and tolerance.

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