Day archives: August 6th, 2018

The Defense of Sasun – Western Armenia, 1904

The Defense of Sasun – Western Armenia, 1904

In 1904, the Ottoman government determined to exterminate the Armenian population of Sasun, an Armenian-populated district in the former Siirt Sanjak in Bitlis Vilayet. In spring, Kurdish groups attacked the Armenian villages of Khiank and Khulb but were repelled by Armenians. Thereafter, 10,000-men Turkish and 5,000-men Kurdish troops marched through the villages of Kop, Semal, …