Aleppo (Halab, حلب in Arabic, Haleb in Armenian) a city today in northwestern Syria, was a major site on the deportation map. It was not only a killing station but a transfer point, where those who had survived deportation from points north could find refuge if they were lucky. The reports from Jesse Jackson in Aleppo in 1915-16, like Leslie Davis's, comprised a primary source of evidence for Ambassador Morgenthau, and eventually for the State Department and the press back home. Being in Aleppo, Jackson afforded a unique overview of the extermination plan, because week in and week out, he saw the remnants of the endless string of deportation marches that had originated all over the empire.
Christians belonging to a dozen different congregations (with prevalence of the Armenian and Orthodox denominations) represent between 15% and 20% of Aleppos population.
Three killed as missile hits Armenian Catholic Church
Independent Catholic News July 31 2014
Syria: Three killed as missile hits Armenian Catholic Church
Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 1:46 pm
Yesterday afternoon a missile launched from areas of Aleppo controlled by the rebels, fell into the grounds of the Armenian Catholic parish of the Holy Trinity, in the district of al-Meydan, causing the death of three Armenian adults, two sisters and a man.
The missile damaged a wall, a terrace of the rectory and broke the windows of the church also causing damage to an altar where there is a statue of the Virgin Mary from Marash, symbol city of the Armenian Genocide.
"It was around 6.15pm and in that moment" said parish priest Fr Joseph Bezouzou. "We were in church to celebrate daily Mass. If the missile had fallen at the exit of the Mass, it would have been a massacre. We thank the Lord".
The parish had organized a gathering of young people next weekend, to give the young people a break from the terrible tension they are living under, but Fr Joseph said: "We have decided to postpone everything because after what happened you cannot expose young people to new risks.
"On Sunday, after Mass, we will plant an olive tree in the place where the missile fell. This is our only response to the bombs and violence that for years have tried to devastate our lives".
Armenians from Aleppo
These are Armenians who were born or who have lived in Aleppo:
- The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America's Response - Page 251 by Peter Balakian