Some 300 people gathered on Saturday in St. James Monastery in the Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem and held a ceremony commemorating 101 years to the beginning of the Armenian Genocide.
The ceremony was held after a mass that was led by Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem Nourhan Manougian, and was attended by the leaders of Armenian community in Jerusalem. The service honored the memory of some 1.5 million Armenian victims whom Ottoman forces killed between 1915 and 1923, mainly in Syria.
Commemorative events will be held throughout the world this year under the shadow of the ongoing violence between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Dozens have been killed so far in clashes that started earlier this month.