Further details have emerged of what’s been happening since the invasion of Kessab by Islamist rebels, which sent thousands of Syrians fleeing the predominantly Armenian Christian town.

According to a World Watch Monitor source 23-year-old Kevork Jourian was killed by members of Syrian rebel groups as they were searching for guns among the Armenians who remained after the attack.

Jourian initially escaped the March 21 raid of Syria’s north-western city but, despite the obvious dangers, he decided to return to fetch his parents and grand-parents. He told his loved ones that he had to go back.

Our source also said, “People are very, very depressed and Aleppo, the largest city in Syria, is terrible. The Armenian quarter is under attack and people cannot escape the ‘pounding’ as there are snipers wherever they turn.”

Sources: World Watch Monitor; ArmenPress