Sutoro and Sutoro Women commemorate the anniversary of martyrdom of Martyr Alaria Ishtar in Dayrik, North and East Syria

DAYRIK, Syria — On the 1st anniversary of the martyrdom of Martyr Alaria Behnan, the first Syriac martyr of the Sutoro Women Forces, the Syriac Security Forces (Sutoro) and Sutoro Women held a commemorative event for her in Dayrik (al-Malikiyah), North and East Syria.

The commemoration was held in the cemetery of Mor Jacob Church in the presence of a large gathering of Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian– Chaldean) people, as well as representatives of institutions of the Beth Nahrain National Council (Mawtbo Umthoyo D’Bethnahrin, MUB) and the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) of North and East Syria.

A minute of silence was observed for the souls of martyrs, followed by a speech of the Sutoro Women delivered by Ornina Yousef in which she spoke about the meanings of martyrdom and following the path of the martyrs’ struggle.

A speech on behalf of the Martyrs’ Families Foundation was delivered by Yacoub Daoud who stated that Alaria’s martyrdom is a message and invitation to all Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) women to participate in achieving freedom, security, and peace in their ancestral homeland.

Martyr Alaria’s family was honored, candles were lit and a wreath was laid on her tomb. A procession from the cemetery to the hall of the Syriac Orthodox Mar Shmuni Church was performed and a presentation about her life, affiliation with the Sutoro forces, and martyrdom was shown.

The commemoration was secured by the Sutoro and Sutoro Women.

The General Command of the Syriac Security Forces issued the below statement:

“Martyr Alaria Ishtar defended our issue to create a safe society in which peace prevails and the will to liberate the occupied areas, return the people to their homes and consolidate freedom and dignity, is enhanced.

We pledge to our people to follow the martyrs’ path which they have drawn for us with their pure blood and keep defending until security and peace prevail in all our regions.”

Comrade Alaria Behnan Yaqoub, nom de guerre Ishtar, was martyred on 15 January 2021. She joined the ranks of the Sutoro Women on 17 May 2018.