Provinces, SANA – More than a century has passed since the execution of Syrian nationalists and intellectuals at al-Marjeh Square in Damascus by the Ottoman’s ruler Jamal Basha, who was known as al-Saffah (the blood shedder), on May 6th, 1916.
The Martyrs’ Day occasion holds very special significance for the Syrian people who stress their determination to make sacrifices and offer more martyrs in order to defending their homeland’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.
On this day, the Syrian people salute those who sacrificed their souls for the sake of protecting their homeland and the Syrian army soldiers who are fighting in the battlefields.
The Syrians reiterated their adherence to follow their predecessors starting with May 6th martyrs, Yousef al-Azmeh and his colleagues’ struggle against the French occupation and the heroes of October Liberation war.
Neither the Ottoman ruler Jamal Basha nor the Turkish-backed terrorist organizations’ heinous crimes will undermine the Syrians’ willingness to defeat terrorism, the last of which targeting Aleppo city with hundreds of rocket and mortar shells over the past ten days which caused the martyrdom and the injury of hundreds.
To mark this occasion, an event that included lighting candles in honor of martyrs was held at Umawiyeen Square in Damascus city, and official and popular figures visited al-Dahdah Cemetery in the city and laid wreathes on the tombs of martyrs, while similar visits were paid by official and popular figures to the Martyrs Cemetery in al Fardous area in Homs city, in addition to visiting injured army personnel and families of martyrs.
Meanwhile in Hasaka and Sweida provinces, events were organized to honor families of martyrs who sacrificed their lives to protect Syria.
Likewise, Lattakia Governor Ibrahim Khedr al-Salem accompanied by official figures visited the Martyrs’ Cemetery in Besnada and families of martyrs, while Tartous Governor Safwan Abu Saadi unveiled a memorial for the martyrs of al-Maamoura village and six neighboring village in al-Dreikish area.
Another memorial for martyrs was unveiled in the town of Erneh in Damascus Couuntryside, while three schools in Jaramana area were named after martyrs: Fares Bade’a Radwan, Bassel Fahed, and Humam Fallouh.
R. Raslan / Ghossoun / Hazem Sabbagh