October 10, 2019 - 11:20 AMT
Armenian-populated town in Syria under Turkey's attack

The Turkish military has opened fire in parts of Syria populated by Armenians, lawmaker Mkhitar Hayrapetyan said in a Facabook post on Wednesday, October 9.

"I had a phone call with the Consul General of Armenia in Aleppo, Armen Sarkissian," Hayrapetyan wrote on social media.

"As you know Turkish troops have launched a military operation in Northern Syria. Provided that the Armenian population in the area is under fire, I got in contact with the Consul in order to learn more about the situation on the ground."

Mkhitaryan revealed that as of Wednesday, Turkish troops were bombing the city of Tell Abiad where 16 Armenian families permanently reside.

Their evacuation is underway, the Armenian lawmaker said.

"Apart from this, the city of Qamishli, home to a number of Armenian residents, is also under attack, he added.

In a statement on Thursday, the Armenian Foreign Ministry said the country condemns the military invasion by Turkey in north-east Syria, which would lead to deterioration of regional security, losses among civilians, mass displacement and eventually to a new humanitarian crisis.