Bethnahrin National Council commemorates martyrs in Hasakah, Zalin (Qamishli), and Qabre Hewore (Al-Qahtaniyah)

NORTH AND EAST SYRIA — On 10 October, the day the Bethnahrin National Council (Mawtbo Umthoyo d’Bethnahrin, MUB) commemorates its martyrs, a remembrance event was held at the Shrine of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) Martyrs in Hasakah in North and East Syria in the presence of representatives of institutional and political bodies, families of martyrs, and military forces.

The activities began with a minute of silence for the souls of martyrs followed by the performance of the martyr’s anthem by the scouts brass band of the Syriac Cultural Society.

A military parade was presented by the Syriac Military Council (Mawtbo Fulḥoyo Suryoyo, MFS), the Bethnahrain Women’s Protection Forces (Ḥaylawotho d’Sutoro d’Neshe d’Beth Nahrin; HSNB), and the Sutoro Women, the female branch of the internal Syriac security forces.

A statement was then read by Gabriel Shamoun on the behalf of the MUB which spoke of the great sacrifices of the organization’s martyrs to ensure the safety of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people and the stability of their communities.

Akad Hanna then delivered a speech on behalf of the military and security forces, recounting the bravery and heroism displayed by its members during times of great hardship and called on the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people to follow the path laid before them by their martyrs until the liberation of all regions from the abomination of terrorism in all forms.

The closing speech was delivered by Jamil Baho Osi of the Syriac–Assyrian Martyrs’ Families Foundation. Osi, brother of the martyr Julian, pointed out that all the martyrs drew with their blood the path of victory and sacrificed their lives for their ancestral homeland.

Candles were lit in honor of martyrs.

In Zalin (Qamishli), a special memorial was held on the occasion at the shrine of the martyrs.

The remembrance included a speech on behalf of the Syriac Union Party delivered by Afram Isaac and a speech on behalf of the families of the martyrs by the father of the martyr Gabi. The poet Hanna Hanna recited a special poem on the occasion. The commemoration closed with prayers and the lighting of candles on the graves of martyrs.

In Qabre Hewore (Al-Qahtaniyah), the graves of martyrs were visited by community and candles were lit for their souls. Mr. George Youssef delivered a speech on behalf of the SUP, during which he spoke about martyrdom and the martyr and the reason for adopting 10 October as a special day of remembrance. It was on this day that the first martyr of the MUB, Hawro Abjar, was martyred.