Armenian Woman Among Victims of Aleppo Explosion

ALEPPO, Syria (A.W.)—A car explosion rocked a Christian neighborhood in Aleppo today, leaving 2 dead and 30 injured.

One of the buildings damaged by the explosion (Photo distributed by SANA)

The 200 kilograms of explosives were placed in a car in the Sulaymaniyeh neighborhood in Aleppo, Syria’s second largest city, near a Latin church and two primary schools. It is in an area heavily populated by Christians, including many Armenians.

The explosion went off when security forces were attempting to evacuate residents after being tipped off. One of the victims was a member of the security forces; the other was Araxie Bedrosian, a Syrian-Armenian woman.

According to the Syrian state news agency SANA, the explosion caused major material damages in the neighborhood. It quoted a Syrian-Armenian living in the neighborhood as saying the explosion was an attempt to disrupt the social fabric of the country.

The state agency accused terrorists of being behind the act.

Opposition activists, in turn, accused the government of staging the explosion to support the official line that foreign-backed extremists are behind the uprising, reported Reuters.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The explosion came a day after 2 explosions killed 27 people in the capital Damascus and wounded nearly 100 others.

Aleppo had seen less unrest than much of Syria but has recently been hit with more violence as the revolt spreads and becomes increasingly bloody. The United Nations says more than 8,000 have been killed and humanitarian conditions are grim.

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3 Comments on Armenian Woman Among Victims of Aleppo Explosion

  1. avatar sevag ajemian // March 19, 2012 at 11:15 am // Reply

    middle-east not safe for armenians anymore I think if armenians want bright future they should move armenia or north america maybe europe if they want live with albanians turks bosnians algerians and moroccans.

  2. Every time the US acts in an Islamic dominated country under the cover of supporting ‘democracy’ it supports the most fanatical Islamic elements that drive out Christians, enforce sharia law and promote female bondage. Yesterday I read another report of 90% of the Christians driven out of a town by US backed ‘democrats’. Many Christians have fled Iraq to Syria to find safety from the effects of US policy. Now the US is aligned with Turkey and Saudi Arabia to support the elements in Syria that will attack Christians there. It seems the US is in the business of supporting jihads against Christians everywhere in the Middle East and elsewhere. Note that the US spends a lot of money rebuilding and repairing Mosques across the Middle East. When is the last time the US spent money helping the Copts or other Christians in the Middle East? Just like with the Roman Empire, policies on the fringe eventually come back to the center. Do I have to say it? The US is turning its back on the Judeo-Christian foundation of its civilization, the trend both in domestic and foreign policy.

  3. The plight of Christian communities in the Middle East continues to deteriorate because of the tacit support of countries with a vested interest in de-stabllizing the region for their own geo-political gain and ultimate control of the regions resources.
    It is a very ugly game and one in which the protection of minorities is sacrificed for the ultimate goals of these big powers and their puppet states. Christians in the middle east feel abandoned by Christians elsewhere, this may be irrational but it is understandable. How can we watch on indifferently? Unfortunately as was the case in ex Yugoslavia the west ( how do we define this) watched on as people in Sarajevo who wanted to live together were butchered by the forces of military might and ethnic fascism. When I last spoke with an Armenian friend in Aleppo he spoke of thugs on the streets and lamented that ” they no longer want us to live together”.

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