Spokesman for Syriac Military Council Matay Hanna highlights Turkish escalation in North and East Syria

NORTH AND EAST SYRIA — In light of the intense Turkish attacks on North and East Syria, especially the villages of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people in the Khabur River Valley, spokesperson for the Syriac Military Council (Mawthbo Folhoyo Suryoyo, MFS) Matay Hanna explained the latest developments taking place in the region.

“The Turkish heavy artillery attacks are still continuing on the villages of the Syriac people, from Dayrik, Zalin (Qamishli), and Qabre Hewore (Al-Qahtaniyah) all the way to the area of ​​Tel Tamer,” Hanna stated, indicating that the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people showed resistance to the Turkish attacks. Turkey plans to empty the region of its indigenous peoples, change its demographics, and obliterate its history, he said.

Hanna added that the Turkish forces bombed areas of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people and MFS headquarters.

“The MFS took it upon itself to defend the Syriac people and their villages, in cooperation with the other active forces affiliated with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF),” said Hanna. “The Turkish attacks on Al-Dardara village resulted in the martyrdom of two MFS fighters.”

In a statement released on Friday evening, MFS General Command announced the martyrdom of Yûsif Mihsin el-Mitras and Radî Mizel el-Osman as a result of Turkish artillery shelling on the villages of Dardara and Qabr al-Qarajneh.

Hanna stressed that these attacks reflect the Turkish plan to commit new massacres against the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) and other peoples. For this reason, the MFS demanded the great powers and international community to stop the Turkish aggression which seeks to exterminate the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) survivors of the Ottoman genocide and atrocities of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Khabur.

Hanna reiterated the MFS pledge to follow in the path of its martyrs to liberate the sacred land of Beth Nahrin (Mesopotamia), end terrorism, return the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people to their areas, and ensure the security of the region.