Though their community is just one of many caught up in Syria's brutal conflict, Syrian Armenians say their fate has been particularly painful because it echoes the tragedy often termed the Armenian genocide.
Ashod Tazian, a 79-year-old Lebanese-Armenian sculptor whose family fled mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire in 1915, sits next to his artwork in Beirut on April 16, 2015 ©Joseph Eid (AFP) But Turkey takes a sharply different view, saying that hundreds of thousands of Turks and Armenians lost their lives as Ottoman forces battled the Russian Empire for control of eastern Anatolia during World War I.
They draw parallels between the experiences of their forefathers and incidents like the targeting of the Syrian Armenian town of Kasab and the destruction of an Armenian church in Deir Ezzor province that contained the remains of victims of the 1915 massacre.
Many of the estimated 10,000 Syrian Armenian refugees in Lebanon have passed through the Howard Karagheusian Association in Burj Hammoud, which offers medical services and classes to all those in need.
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According to his official biography, he is married with three children and eight grandchildren, and served in the former Soviet Army and worked at a brandy factory before entering politics in the 1990s.
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And although Steve Jobs was of Syrian decent, his adoptive parents Paul and Clara Jobs were Armenian.2. Aside from being tart and delicious, they symbolize fertility.3. Back in 2011, scientists concluded that the real birthplace of wine may have been in a cave in Armenia.
The Armenian people were the first culture in the world to adopt Christianity as the official state religion after two of Jesus' apostles, St. Bartholomew, travel through the region soon after Jesus' death.4. Archaeologist called the cave the "oldest" winery ever dating back over 6,000 years.5.
Rumours of Mr Abrahamyan’s resignation had been circulating since local reports claimed he was to be replaced by Karen Karapetyan, the former mayor of Armenia’s capital and a Gazprom executive, on Wednesday.
President Serge Sarkisian called for a “government of national accord” in August, following months of protests and violence culminating in a stand-off that killed two police officers earlier this year.