Turks intend to take most important Assyrian shrine

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866021.jpgAssyrians living in and outside Turkey are concerned from the move made by the court concerning the most revered place of worship for the Assyrians – 1700-year-old Mor Gabriel monastery in Mardin Province.

According to the head of the Assyrian Association in Turkey Evgil Turker five lawsuits have been filed against the administration of the monastery: among suing sides are the forest, treasury and other ministries.

“Territories which have belonged to us for thousand years were expropriated. We hope that during trails the court will find a solution, but so far it was without any results,” Turker informed.

During time the monastery got surrounded by communities as more people settled in that area. As a result people nearby villages sued the monastery claiming that it occupies their territory