While in Armenia measures are taken to ease Armenians’ situation from the Syrian community of Kesab, in Damascus, Syria, a new tragedy has occurred.
On Tuesday, some 60 college students and teachers were wounded when the Armenian Catholic Paros College was bombed by armed groups. Six students and three teachers of Armenian descent were wounded, according to information released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
On the threshold of Easter (April 20) no food shortage or price increase is expected in the Armenian market and local producers will supply the anticipated amount of 9-10 million eggs and 1200 tons of fish normally consumed during those days.
Analysts think that a lawmaker “loyal” to the government will eventually be elected to the post of parliament speaker that remains vacant since its holder, Hovik Abrahamyan, was appointed prime minister earlier this week.
The social fund approved at the Ecclesiastical Assembly of the Armenian Apostolic Church has transferred $100,000 to the account of the Great House of Cilicia for assistance to the Kessab Armenians, reported the Information Service of the Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin.
The death of a young ethnic Armenian in Ukraine amid escalating tensions in the eastern regions of the country has raised more concerns in Yerevan about the fate of compatriots living in this former Soviet country engulfed in civil strife.
House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Ed Royce, Republican from Orange County, will attend the 99th Armenian Genocide commemorations ceremonies at Tsitsernakaberd in Yerevan, Asbarez.com reported, quoting the Orange County Register.
One person was killed and another wounded Tuesday by landmine in the border village of Berdavan.
According to the Ministry of Defense, Rafik Mughdusyan, 56, was killed and Gabriel Babikyan, 49, was wounded while collecting forage. Babikyan was taken to Noyemberyan medical center for surgery.
According to Armenia’s Constitution, the republic’s speaker of the house holds the second position of authority after the president, followed by the prime minister. The prime minister rules the executive body; the speaker, the legislative. The speaker succeeds the president.
A little girl in Yerevan got a floral crown as one of the symbols of Tsaghkazard, or Palm Sunday, which was celebrated by the Armenian Apostolic Church on April 13. The festival signals the start of the Holy Week before Easter. By tradition, people go to church, have willow branches blessed, light candles and say prayers.
A press conference was held at the center of the “Aleppo” patriotic charitable NGO in Yerevan Friday to show the process of collecting/distributing funds that have been collected for relief of Armenians in Kessab, Syria.