Tuesday, November 12 2019 17:44
Marianna Mkrtchyan

Yerevan on the killing of priests in Syria: The international  community should condemn the identity- based persecutions and  killings

Yerevan on the killing of priests in Syria: The international  community should condemn the identity- based persecutions and  killings

ArmInfo. The Armenian Foreign Ministry condemn in the strongest terms  the terrorist act committed in Deir ez-Zor province of Syria, which  claimed the lives of two priests - a father and a son - Pastor of the  Armenian Catholic Community of Qamishli, Father Hovsep Petoyan and  Father Hana Abraham Petoyan. 

The statement of the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, received  by ArmInfo, particularly notes: "We condemn in the strongest terms  the terrorist act committed in Deir ez-Zor province of Syria, which  claimed the lives of two priests - a father and a son - Pastor of the  Armenian Catholic Community of Qamishli, Father Hovsep Petoyan and  Father Hana Abraham Petoyan. A deacon of the church was also injured.

The two priests lost their lives while  serving the war-torn  community of Deir ez-Zor.  According to various sources, the ISIL  terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the killing of the  priests.

The military invasion in the North-East of Syria last month and the  subsequent resurgence of terrorist groups and their activities make  the civilian population, including ethnic and religious minorities,  particularly vulnerable.  The ongoing identity-based persecutions and  killings should be decisively condemned by the international  community.

We express our deepest condolences and sympathy to the relatives of  the victims, the Armenian Catholic community and to all Syrian  Armenians and wish them fortitude, endurance and strength of spirit  in overcoming this tragic incident.  Armenia will continue its  humanitarian support to contribute to the stabilization of the  humanitarian situation in Syria". 

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