The Kessab committee of the Social Democrat Hunchakian Party (SDHP) has dismissed reports that the Syrian army liberated the Armenian-populated city of Kessab.

“According to confirmed information, the islamist fighters are moving towards Latakia, where the Armenians of Kessab have found refuge,” SDHP Armenia Chairman Narek Galstyan said in a Facebook post.

He said Kessab is being robbed with the stolen property being transported to Turkey. Turkish servicemen are actively supporting the rebels.

Earlier reports had claimed that the Syrian armed forces have driven the rebels from most of the city of Kessab, and are now clearing its suburbs. According to these reports army units have killed 250 rebels on the outskirts of Kessab, moving from the Turkish border.

In related development, members of the Armenian National Assembly Samvel Farmanyan, Naira Karapetyan, Levon Martirosyan, Arman Sahakyan, Tevan Poghosyan and Edmon Marukyan have left for Syria on March 24 to asses the situation about Kessab on the spot.

They will present their report to the National Assembly upon return.

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