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Assad's parliament recognizes 1915 incidents as genocide after Erdoğan's massacre comment

Assad's parliament recognizes 1915 incidents as genocide after Erdoğan's massacre comment

Syria's Assad-regime controlled parliament on Thursday recognized the 1915 events as genocide, as tensions run high in Idlib after the regime killed 13 Turkish soldiers and a civilian contractor in two attacks in the past weeks.

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Syria's Assad-regime controlled parliament on Thursday recognized the 1915 events as genocide, as tensions run high in Idlib after the regime killed 13 Turkish soldiers and a civilian contractor in two attacks in the past weeks.

The controversial decision was made just a day after Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that the Turkish military will hit all targets deemed a threat on its observation posts in the opposition-held Idlib province and accused the Assad regime of committing a massacre against civilians in Syria.

The Assad regime is criticized for carrying out strikes on residential areas, hospitals, schools and civilian infrastructure, which left at least 200,000 civilians dead and displaced millions of Syrians.

Turkey's position on the events of 1915 is that the deaths of Armenians in eastern Anatolia took place when some sided with the invading Russians and revolted against Ottoman forces. A subsequent relocation of Armenians resulted in numerous casualties.

Turkey objects to the presentation of the incidents as "genocide" but describes the 1915 events as a tragedy in which both sides suffered casualties.

Ankara has repeatedly proposed the creation of a joint commission of historians from Turkey and Armenia as well as international experts to examine the issue.

Recognition of the 1915 events as "genocide" had for decades stalled in the Congress, stymied by concerns about relations with Turkey.


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