Armenian Hakob Sargsyan was killed as a result of gunfire in the centre of Damascus, according to the official account of Armenian Foreign Ministry on the Facebook social network, Novosti Armenia reported.
'There are also people wounded as a result of the gunfire at St. Sarkis Armenian church and the walls of the Armenian school operating under its auspices were partially damaged', the report noted.
Up till recently the Armenian community in Syria comprised of 100,000. The Armenians mainly live in Aleppo (over 60,000 people), Damascus, Latakia and other cities.
As a result of the tense military and political situation in Syria, the Armenians began to flood back to their homeland.
Clashes between government forces and armed opposition have been continuing in Syria for more than two years. According to UN statistics, the total number of victims of the conflict in Syria is more than 100,000 with over 230,000 becoming IDPs and a further three million in need of humanitarian help. The Syrian authorities say they are being opposed by well-armed militants.