Turkey shelters Syrian Armenian fleeing Kasab

HATAY - A Syrian of Armenian origin has been brought by Syrian opposition forces to Turkey's border province of Hatay after they successfully seized the town of Kasab in Syria's main port city, Latakia, Monday.

George Kurdmusyan, 72, having been treated in an opposition-held hospital in Kasab was brought to Hatay's Yayladagi district and given accommodation in a teacher's lodge.

"We heard that Turkey takes care of Armenians very well. Long live the Turkish state. Long live Erdogan," Kurdmusyan said.

Turkish officials stated that Kurdmusyan will be brought to a guesthouse in the Vakifli neighborhood of Hatay's Samandagi district. 

Syria has been gripped by almost constant fighting since Assad's regime responded to anti-government protests in March 2011 with a violent crackdown, sparking a conflict which has spiraled into a civil war.

The civil war, which entered its fourth year last month, has claimed more than 140,000 lives, according to London-based Syrian Network for Human Rights.

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