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After the ceasefire, the Armenians who survived the genocide returned to Kessab in a process that lasted till 1920.

The Armenians were deported in two directions: one towards the desert of Deir ez-Zor and the other towards the south to the desert of Jordan.

Almost five thousand Armenians were killed during this deportation process.

Some died in Jisr al-Shughur, some in Hama or Homs while others on the way to Damascus or Jordan.

The majority of the refugees were killed in the desert of Deir ez-Zor.

Being located on the borders of the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia, the region of Kessab was gradually developed by its Armenian migrants.

A research published in 2009 by renowned linguist Hagop Cholakian on the peculiarities of the Kessab Armenian dialect and the dialects of the Armenians in the region of Alexandretta and Suweidiyeh, shows that the Armenians of Kessab and the surrounding villages are the remainders of migrants who came from the region of Antioch.A voluntary group of 40 men successfully foiled many attempts by bandits to invade the region at that time.In 1922, peace was established after the entrance of French troops into Kessab.The name of the town is thought to be derived from the Latin Casa Bella (i.e. The town of Kessab is 59 kilometres north of Latakia, just 1 kilometre southwest of the border with Turkey (the former Syrian province of Alexandretta), and 7 kilometers east of the Mediterranean Sea.Located at a height ranging between 650 and 850 above sea level, in the middle of dense coniferous Mediterranean forest, the town is a popular summer destinations in Syria and for foreign visitors.There are no written sources about the primitive history of the Kessab region, but the first record of the name of Kessab was mentioned in a historical document dating back to the Crusaders period when Duke Belmont I granted the region of "Kasbisi" to the family of Peter the Hermit.

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