Syria's Assad pledges to rebuild Deir ez-Zor Armenian church

Syria's Assad pledges to rebuild Deir ez-Zor Armenian church

PanARMENIAN.Net - The Armenian Genocide Memorial Church in Deir ez-Zor will be rebuilt with state funds, according to a pledge given by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The announcement was made after President Assad meet with Armenian businessmen. According to the businessmen, the Syrian government intends to prioritize programs to those countries who stood with the government throughout the war, International Christian Concern.

The Armenian Genocide Memorial Church was consecrated in 1991 and commemorates the victims of the Genocide committed by the Ottoman Empire (modern day Turkey) against ethnic Christians. Many of these victims had fled to Syria. A museum within the church contained the bones of several massacre victims. ISIS destroyed the church in September 2014 as part of their own genocide against Christians.

Armenia has hosted more than 20,000 refugees from Syria since the beginning of the civil war in the Middle Eastern country.

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