Macron later told reporters he had information “that we’re confident in” confirming Turkey’s deployment of Syrian mercenaries in the fighting. Meanwhile, Turkey has sent more than 1,200 Syrian fighters — most of them members of Turkish-backed opposition groups — to fight alongside Azerbaijani forces, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human rights, an opposition war monitor that tracks Syria’s nine-year conflict. Online education has many worried, but even parents whose children are learning in person are concerned. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. Russia’s Foreign Ministry expressed concern over reports about “militants from illegal armed groups” from Syria and Libya being sent to the conflict zone. Russia’s Foreign Ministry expressed concern over reports about “militants from illegal armed groups” from Syria and Libya being sent to the conflict zone. Armenia has repeatedly said over the past week that Turkey sent Syrian fighters to back the Azerbaijanis, a claim that Ankara and Azerbaijan deny. Hikmet Hajiyev, a foreign policy aide to the Azerbaijani president, said this week that “we completely reject” the claim, calling on those who make the accusations to give evidence. This is a war for the existence of the Armenian entity and we are ready,” said Ghazarian, who owns a clothes shop. An estimated 1.5 million died in massacres, deportations and forced marches that began in 1915 as Ottoman officials worried that the Christian Armenians would side with Russia, its enemy in World War I. “Let them try us,” he said. On the other side of the latest fighting, Turkey has sent hundreds of Syrian opposition fighters to back its ally, Azerbaijan, according to a Syrian war monitor and three Syria-based opposition activists. The new eruption of violence in the Caucasus region strikes close to home for Lebanon’s Armenians. Fighting has raged since Sept. 27 in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, leaving several hundred dead. They said Turkish security companies recruit the men ostensibly to work as guards at oil facilities in return for about $1,200 a month, but most end up on front lines. “We have strong hearts,” he said. An estimated 1.5 million died in massacres, deportations and forced marches that began in 1915 as Ottoman officials worried that the Christian Armenians would side with Russia, its enemy in World War I. The event is widely viewed by historians as genocide. The enclave lies within Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by neighboring Armenia since 1994, when a truce ended a years-long war that killed an estimated 30,000 people. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar), California Do Not Sell My Personal Information Request. Upcoming Webinar: Inside the Best Hospital Rankings », Upcoming Webinar » Inside the Best Hospital Rankings: Nov. 13 | 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. Global Cities Taking Unique Steps to Tackle COVID-19. If it goes on, the 50-year-old Lebanese of Armenian descent says he’s ready to leave everything and volunteer to defend his ancestral land. We will fight until the last Armenian soldier,” said Ghazarian, standing next to a coffee stand decorated with Lebanese and Armenian flags. Three opposition activists in Syria corroborated the report. Hundreds of fighters from around the Middle East are heading to Nagorno-Karabakh in Azerbaijan to join rival countries fighting over the region. “We have strong hearts,” he said. Lebanese legislator Hagop Pakradounian, who heads the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, the largest and most powerful Armenian party in Lebanon, said volunteers going from Lebanon to Armenia act on their own, and there is no decision by any organization or the community itself to send them.