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Published On: Sat, Apr 12th, 2014

Syria: Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire visits Lattakia and Refugees from Kessab

nsnbc : An international group of peace activists, including the Irish Nobel peace laureate Mairead Maguire, visited Syria’s Lattakia province on Friday. The group was received by Lattakia governor Abdul-Qader and visited displaced Armenian Syrians from the city of Kessab, which fell into the hands of Turkish-backed Jabhat al-Nusrah mercenaries when thousands of fighters swarmed across the Turkish border on March 21. 

Mairead_Corrigan-MaguireThe delegation of peace activists was received by Lattakia governor Abdel-Qader on Friday, reports the Syrian news agency SANA, quoting the governor as saying that the Syrian people are facing the international plot against Syria with awareness as well as with steadfastness.

The governor pointed out the numerous massacres Syrians have suffered by the hands of the foreign-backed Takfiri brigades, the last of which was the massacre committed against the predominantly Christian Armenian Syrians in the northern parts of the Lattakia province which was committed with Turkish military support.

Kessab_SyriaMarch 21, thousands of Jabhat al-Nusrah fighters swarmed across the Turkish – Syrian border near the town of Kessab, seizing the town and displacing the population which consists to 70 percent of Christian Armenian Syrians.

Eyewitnesses reported that 50 – 90 residents were massacred, others were deported against their will, across the border into Turkey, while a large number fled to the coastal city of Lattakia.

The Jabhat al-Nusrah fighters received support from the Turkish military, which launched cross border artillery, tank fire and missile attacks against Syrian army positions.

Kessab_syria_3Eyewitnesses reported about the presence of Turkish special forces in the region. Turkish Air Force F-16s provided air cover and shot down a Syrian fighter jet over Syrian territory.

Nobel peace laureate Mairead Maguire stressed that peace activists worldwide become increasingly interested in the situation in Syria, reports SANA. Maguire is working along with other members of the delegation to consolidate humanitarian solidarity with the Syrian people and to stop what she described as the barbaric aggressions committed by the terrorists who came to Syria from all corners of the world. The news agency quotes Mairead Maguire as saying:

“We are here to provide all forms of support through just media outlets that aim at conveying the truth without distortion”. 

Kessab_Syria_2The Nobel peace laureate added, that many media institutions are involved in a campaign aimed at misguiding the public about the situation in Syria. Maguire had previously stressed the role of western media in manufacturing public consent with the war on Syria.

During the 13th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in October 2013, she denounced Western media´s omissions.

Members of the delegation stated that the European street is now more aware of the events in Syria and is beginning to realize the volume of foreign interference in it as well as the number of mercenaries who are coming to Syria from abroad. The delegates expressed their deepest affection to the Syrian people and their civilization, and that they have come to Syria to express their rejection of any aggression against the country.

Members of the delegation also visited the Armenian Orthodox Church of the Virgin Lady in Lattakia to take a close look at the situation of those families who have been displaced from Kessab. The church has become a makeshift shelter for families who were displaced from Kessab during the attack and campaign of ethnic cleansing that was launched across the Turkish border on March 21.

Ch/L – nsnbc 12.042014

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