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Aziz Tamoyan: 200 Yezidi families from Iraq will settle in Artsakh

  • by Ashot Safaryan

  • Thursday, August 21, 14:47

The World Union of Yezidis has decided to settle 200 Yezidi families suffering persecutions and violence by Islamic militants in Artsakh, Aziz Tamoyan, Head of the Yezidi Community in Armenia, told ArmInfo.

According to him, the authorities of Artsakh have already expressed readiness to receive and support Yezidis suffering hard times. "Yezidis of Armenia have already launched fund raising for transportation costs of these families," Tamoyan said.

Earlier, NKR President's Spokesperson David Babayan said Artsakh stands ready to give shelter to the Yezidis from Iraq.

On 15 August, Armenia's Foreign Ministry reported the Government will send humanitarian aid in the amount of $50,000 to the Iraqi Yazidis that fled their homes to avoid extermination by ISIS militants.  Later, on 18 August, Armen Saghatelyan, Spokesperson of Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said the president charged diplomatic missions abroad to redouble efforts towards settlement of the given problem. The president and prime minister mull to increase the envisaged humanitarian aid to the Iraqi Yazidis. The issue of humanitarian aid will be settled in a few days, he said.  

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