SYRIA: Syriac Women’s Unions marks three years since Turkish invasion of Rish Ayno and Tel Abyad in Zalin

ZALIN, Syria — On Saturday, on the 3rd anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Rish Ayno (Ras al-Ain) and Tel Abyad in North and East Syria, dozens of female officials and organizations, including the Syriac Women’s Union (SWU), gathered at the shrine of the Martyr Delil Sarukhan in Zalin (Qamishli) and issued a joint public statement.The statement was read in the three official languages of the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) of North and East Syria: Syriac, Kurdish, and Arabic.

The statement was read in Syriac by member of the SWU Sabah Shabo, in Arabic by member of the Diplomatic Relations Office of the Democratic Society Movement (TEV-DEM) Taza Bashi, and in Kurdish by the administrator of the platform of joint events for women’s movements and organizations, Jian Hussein.

In comments made to Suroyo TV, Shabo said that three years after the Turkish invasion, Turkish artillery and drone attacks have only intensified as the international community watches on in silence.

The statement called on international humanitarian organizations not to play the role of a bystander, and not to stand silent in the face of these Turkish crimes, and urged them to stop the movements and targeting that threaten the security and stability of the region, said Shabo.

Women’s organizations from across North and East Syria demand the imposition of a No-Fly Zone over the region and for Russia and the US — the guarantor countries of the ceasefire between Turkey and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) — to assume their responsibilities and prevent Turkey’s continued aggression, she added.

Shabo stressed the need to intensify the struggle and stand united in the face of the Turkish state’s warmongering plans.

After reading the statement, the participants went to light candles on the tombs of the region’s martyrs.