Scores of Armenians have left Turkey during Caucasus fighting - Turkish-Armenian journalist

More than 140 Armenians have left Turkey since the beginning of the renewed conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, Yetvart Danzikyan, editor-in-chief of Istanbul’s Armenian-language newspaper Agos, said on Wednesday.

Turkey has been a staunch supporter of Azerbaijan in its latest round of fighting with Armenia over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, stoking nationalist sentiment at home against the country’s Armenian population, which is believed to number between 35,000 and 70,000.

Earlier this month, protests organised by Turkish and Azeri nationalist groups passed close to historically Armenian areas in Istanbul. There has also been a surge in hate speech against Armenians on Turkish social media in recent weeks, adding to fears of hate crimes towards the minority group.

“142 people living in Turkey returned to Armenia today. I know few people will care. We're losing. We all lose, bleed together,” Danzikyan said in a post on social media.

Agos was founded in 1996 to give a voice to Turkey’s long-standing Armenian population. In 2007, the newspaper's editor-in-chief at the time, Hrant Dink, was killed outside its offices, sparking widespread public outrage following accusations that the authorities had colluded in his targeting by ultranationalist groups.