World Bulletin / News Desk
As Syrian opposition forces battle to defend their position in the northern border town of Kasab from Bashar al-Assad's regime army, three residents of the town, including two ethnic Armenian women, have been allowed to seek refuge in nearby Turkey upon their request.
Fighting in the town, which is bound to the Mediterranean coastal city of Lazkiya, has been going on for around 12 days. While life in the largely Syriac and Armenian Orthodox Christian town continues as normal as possible, those who wished to leave the town were escorted to the Turkish border under the protection of rebel soldiers.
After passing through the necessary security and health checks, the three elderly residents, aged 80, 82 and 90 respectively, were accepted into the Turkish border town of Yayladagi. The group was welcomed by the district mayor and led to the guest salon where they were offered food and allowed to call their relatives.
82-year-old Satenik Titizyan expressed her thanks to the local mayor Turan Yilmaz and invited him to stay with them when the war was over. Meanwhile, 90-year-old Isman Nizar explained her ordeal: "I heard that there were clashes and the war had spread. I was at home, where I lived alone. Then the rebels came, they asked how I was and looked after me well."
While to two ethnic Armenian sisters Satenik and Surpuhi said they wished to be united with their relatives in Turkey's Samandag district. Isman Nizar said that she wanted to be sent to Syria's Aleppo to be with her son.Last Mod: 01 Nisan 2014, 13:34