ALEPPO, Syria (A.W.)—Five Syrian-Armenians were killed in a rocket attack on the Armenian-populated Villaner district of Aleppo on Sept. 30, while at least seven others were injured. Arman Hindoyan, Dzila Jabaghchourian, Hasmig Giragosian-Berejiklian, and Pierre Hariro were killed in the attack, reported Aleppo-based Armenian news service Kantsasar. Mireille Hindoyan who was seriously injured in the attack died later on in the day.
The five who were killed in the attack were laid to rest in Aleppo’s Sourp Asdvadzadzin (St. Mary) Armenian Apostolic Church on Oct. 1.
According to the report, Karnig Garabedian, Dzovig Kabikian, Ara Aramian, Mary Garebedian, Betty Lokhoyan-Hindoyan, Movses Hindoyan, Arshag Berejiklian, Yaccoub Hariro, Geroge Hariro, Harout Avakian, and Nazar Zarmanian suffered injuries in the attack, which took place just two days after Syrian-Armenian Sevan Haddad (b. 1969) was killed in another rocket attack on Aleppo’s Armenian-populated Sulaymaniyah district on Sept. 28.
At least 11 Syrian-Armenians have now died due to violence in Aleppo in the last four months. Sarkis Kouyumjian—a Syrian-Armenian who had suffered major head trauma during an attack on Aleppo’s Nor Kyugh district on Aug. 7—died on Aug. 12. Kouyumjian, who was being treated at the Al-Razi hospital in Aleppo, was in a coma for five days, before succumbing to his injuries.
A stray bullet killed 16-year-old Syrian-Armenian Krikor Minasian in Aleppo on the night of July 15. The Aleppo-based Armenian news outlet Kantsasar reported that celebratory gunfire in response to the attempted military coup in Turkey may have been the cause of the stray bullet. Less than a week earlier, Panos Aghazarian (b. 1994), a member of the Syrian Armed Forces, was killed in military clashes in Aleppo on July 10. Two other Syrian-Armenians—Hripsimeh Chazarian and Sosi Ghazarian-Hekimian—were also injured on July 9.
In June, five ethnic Armenians were killed in a week. Aleppo’s Armenian-populated Nor Kyugh and Zvartnots districts were attacked by more than 30 missiles on June 2, killing several civilians. The attack, which reportedly came from militant opposition groups, also destroyed many buildings, including homes and stores. Vazken Jabaghchourian, Levon Kelkhacherian, Hovsep Janessian, and Khatchig Aboulaboutian were among those killed in the attack.
On May 26-27, the Vergine Gulbenkian Birthing Center-Hospital, which had served as a senior citizen’s home during the war, was extensively damaged in another rocket attack that killed Maral Guligian, a center employee. Der Zareh Shakarian, Jack Haddad, and one other employee suffered minor injuries in the attack. The senior citizens of the center were consequently relocated for the third time since 2012.