Merkada Mount… a witness to Ottomans' massacres against Armenians  

It was named so after the massacres committed at the hands of the Ottoman Empire, and then the church was destroyed by ISIS mercenaries supported by the descendants of the Ottomans, so that it remains a witness to what Turkey and its mercenaries are doing to the present day.

Merkada town is considered a different fabric of al-Hasakah and Deir ez-Zor clans who have coexisted since hundreds of years, bringing together social relations and common tribal customs.

The town is 105 km away from al-Hasakah city and 80 km from Deir ez-Zor city. It was called Merkada due to the "rest,"  which is the place where the shrines or cemeteries of the Armenians killed by the Ottomans during the massacres of the Ottomans that they committed against the Armenian minorities in 1915 are existed.

The Merkada Mount includes the remains of dozens of Armenians who were besieged by the Ottoman state in 1915 and the most heinous massacre was committed against them in the contemporary history.

In the year 1915, the Ottoman state attacked at the end of its rule groups of Armenians after fleeing the oppression and injustice of the Ottoman state towards the eastern regions of Syria, where they were pursued and arrested in several areas, the most prominent of which was the "Khafsah al-Arman" in al-Jabsah in al-Shaddadi countryside, Deir ez-Zor and Merkada Mount which is considered a living testimony to those massacres.

In spite of the great damage inflicted to it, Merkada remained a witness to the massacre of the Ottomans against the Armenians, and there is a symbolic tome in one of the sites that witnessed the process of eliminating the Armenians during their transfer from southern Turkey to Deir ez-Zor.

The sheikh of al-Siyad clan Majed al-Arak explained that the remains of hundreds of Armenians' corpses are still buried on the shoulder of the mountain, and said: "The visitor only should move the face of the soil to see their remains."

Al-Arak noted that the Arabs at that time hid a group of the children and women of the Armenians who were chased in their homes as Arabs to be saved from that massacre, and today they are known by the clans that they are Armenians who survived the oppression of the Ottomans.

Al-Arak stated that the Armenian state built the Armenian Church on the shoulder of Merkada mountain near the graves of their ancestors to visit them every year on a specific day of the year and perform prayers for them, and he added: "Visitors from all over the world used to visit the church annually."

Al-Arak noted that to thank the people of the region who protected the Armenians, the Armenians' Martyrs Hospital was built in Merkada by the Armenian government as a pledge of loyalty to the people of the region for preserving the graves of their martyrs and the survivors of the massacre.

Al-Arak drew that after the outbreak of the crisis in Syria, and the control of the terrorist ISIS mercenaries of the town and by force of arms, they completed what the Ottomans began by booby-trapping and blowing up the church, as the church lay over the graves of the Armenians, leaving nothing but the rubble that embraced the remains of their bones.

Al-Arak clarified that Turkey’s war today against all the coexisting sects in Syria; Muslims, Assyrians, Chaldeans and other sects aims at controlling the north and east of Syria within al-Mulli Plan reaching Kirkuk in Iraq.

Al-Arak made clear that the Turkish attack on northern and eastern Syria under the pretext of "safe area" is a continuation of that massacre, and its goal is to exterminate the peoples of the region.

In the same context, Ali al-Mukhlef, a resident of Merkada town, pointed out that Turkey wants today to revive the massacres and the ethnic genocides that the Ottoman state had started against the Armenians at that time, but against the entire Syrian people without discrimination and with flimsy arguments that it claims to justify its position.



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