Syriac Military Council Commander Hanna: We will continue to defend our land against Turkish attacks in honor of our martyrs

TEL TAMR, Syria — The forces of the Syriac Military Council (MFS) continue to defend the villages and towns of the Khabur River Valley from Turkish and Turkish-backed Syrian Nation Army (SNA) attack, stated MFS Commander and spokesperson Aram Hanna.

The predominantly Assyrian town of Tel Tamr in the Khabur River Valley in North and East Syria has been under near constant pressure from Turkey and the SNA since they invaded the region in October 2019.

There has been a cautious calm over this part of the frontline, with Ayn Issa being the current focus of Turkish and SNA attacks. However, on Sunday, the MFS repelled an attack on the village of Timar (Umm al-Keif). The villages of Taweela and Tel Karabet have been targeted with heavy artillery from Turkish occupied Wakaa village in conjunction with the attack.

Hanna stated that the forces of the MFS took the necessary defensive measures and repelled the attack, adding that they will continue to defend the land and people of the region.

“These violations and Turkish attacks coincide with the anniversary of the martyrdom of the fighter Athru, the first martyr of the Syriac Military Council, who was martyred on February 8th, 2015, in the village of Tel Hermiz fighting against the Islamic State,” said Hanna.

Hanna added, “The memory of Martyr Athru will remain with us and we pledge to him and all our martyrs that we will steadfastly continue the struggle for the defense of our land and the dignity of our people until our last breath.”