Tashnaq Party leader MP Hagop Pakradounian clarified in an interview published on Monday the media reports according to which Syrian Kurds were asked to evacuate Bourj Hammoud, located near Beirut and mainly inhabited by Armenians.
“The municipality has asked foreign workers – whether they are Syrian, Egyptian, Sri Lankan or Filipino – especially those who do not have identification papers and official or registered lease contracts, to evacuate the region,” Pakradounian told An-Nahar newspaper.
He added that the municipality will allow foreign workers who live with their families to remain in Bourj Hammoud.
The MP also said that “the Armenian and the Kurdish people are one, and are tied by historical alliances and friendships.”
Future News television quoted on Monday Syrian Kurdish people as saying that Tashnaq-related group informed Syrian Kurdish families living in Bourj Hammoud “of the importance to evacuate their rented houses in the area, after members of these families participated in protests against the Syrian regime in front of the Syrian Embassy in Beirut.”
According to UN estimates, more than 3,000 people have been killed in the crackdown on Syrian protesters who have been demonstrating against the Baath regime since mid-March. Thousands have fled to Lebanon.
Future News: Syrian Kurdish families requested to 'evacuate' rented houses