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Syrian President, Bashar al Assad promises to rebuild the memorial church of the Armenian Genocide in Deir ez-Zor

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Syrian President Bashar al Assad has pledged to rebuild with state funding the church-sanctuary of the Armenian martyrs located in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, which was devastated by the jihadists of the Islamic State (Daesh ) in September 2014

In September 2014, the jihadists of Daesh conquered about half of the urban area of Deir ez-Zor, an eastern Syrian city with a Kurdish majority, and a few days later destroyed the church where the remains of the victims of the Armenian Genocide were kept.

In the governorate of Deir el-Zor the jihadists killed hundreds of members belonging to the local tribal clan and in previous months also fought with the Islamist militiamen of the al-Nusra rival faction to gain control of the area, rich in oil. The city was reconquered by the Syrian government army in November 2017, but jihadist groups still continue to carry out targeted attacks in the surrounding areas.

The intention to revive the shrine dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide from its rubble was expressed by the Syrian President during a recent meeting with a delegation of Armenian businessmen visiting Syria, led by George Parseghian, President of the representative committee of Armenian Syrians in Armenia.

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