HPG: Five guerrillas martyred in Turkish chemical attack in Avashin

HPG released the names of five guerrillas who were martyred in a Turkish chemical weapons operation in Avashin in May.

In the Avashin region of the Medya Defense Zones in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq), five guerrilla fighters were martyred in May as a result of the use of chemical warfare agents, according to a statement by the press center of the People's Defense Forces (HPG).

The statement published by HPG Press Office on Sunday said; "Our forces put up great resistance against the occupation of Aris Faris area in Avashin region by the Turkish occupation army on May 6, 7 and 8. During the resistance, which lasted for three days, the occupying forces were attacked with different tactics and suffered heavy losses. A group of our companions decided to stay in the fighting positions and tunnels. They fought selflessly until the end. Because the fascist and dishonorable Turkish state cannot stand against the unwavering will and sacrifice of the Kurdistan Freedom Guerrilla, it has once again resorted to chemical weapons and murdered our comrades-in-arms in a vile manner."

ID details of the fallen guerrillas are as follows:

Nom de Guerre: Amara Cudî
First-Last Name: Cihan Kapar
Birthplace: Şirnak
Mother’s-Father’s Names: Taybet – Ahmet
Date and Place of Martyrdom: 8 May 2021 / Avashin

Nom de Guerre: Diyana Maria
First-Last Name: Dîcle Omer Ahmet
Birthplace: Dêrîk
Mother’s-Father’s Names: Felek – Omer
Date and Place of Martyrdom: 8 May 2021 / Avashin

Nom de Guerre: Jîn Yılmaz
First-Last Name: Bahar Nas
Birthplace: Siirt
Mother’s-Father’s Names: Zeynep – Yusuf
Date and Place of Martyrdom: 8 May 2021 / Avashin

Nom de Guerre: Rûbar Marufî
First-Last Name: Şervan Özkan
Birthplace: Hakkari
Mother’s-Father’s Names: Sarya – İsmet
Date and Place of Martyrdom: 8 May 2021 / Avashin

Nom de Guerre: Sarya Çiya
First-Last Name: Sarya Mahmut
Birthplace: Damascus
Mother’s-Father’s Names: Cihan – Sabri
Date and Place of Martyrdom: 8 May 2021 / Avashin

Regarding the martyred guerrillas, HPG informed that Amara Cûdî was born in the Etruş refugee camp in southern Kurdistan. The camp was a reception camp for people from Botan, whose villages were destroyed by the Turkish state in the 1990s. The camp later moved to Maxmur, where it is still subject to Turkish attacks today. Amara Cûdî grew up there and has resisted the Turkish state throughout her life. She joined the guerrilla and developed into a capable commander of the women's guerrilla YJA Star. She played a leading role in the Bazên Zagrosê guerrilla offensive launched against the Turkish invasion.


Diyana Maria was born in Dêrik in Rojava, on the edge of the Tigris River and overlooking Mount Cudi. She joined the guerrilla in the mountains in 2013 and was in Heftanin for years. There she gained great experience and became one of the commanders of YJA Star. Most recently, she fought in Avashin.


Jîn Yilmaz was born into a patriotic family from Siirt. Due to political repression, the family had to leave Northern Kurdistan and Jîn grew up in a Turkish metropolis. The family nevertheless remained connected to Kurdish culture and Jîn joined the guerrillas in 2015. She first fought in northern Kurdistan and was then in Metina in the south before going to Avashin to defend Kurdistan against the Turkish invasion.

Rûbar Marufî was born in Hakkari, and his family belongs to the Marufî tribe. He grew up with a patriotic consciousness and experienced oppression by the Turkish state as a child. In 2013, he joined the guerrillas and fought in Metina, Zap and Avashin.

Sarya Çiya was from Kobanê but was born in Damascus. The fight against ISIS in Kobanê made a great impression on her and she joined the guerrillas in 2016. Most recently, she fought in Avashin.


HPG expresses their condolences to the families of the martyrs and the patriotic people of Kurdistan.