HPG: Two guerrillas were martyred in Turkish bombardment in Botan

HPG guerrillas Xebat Leheng and Şoreş Gilîdax were martyred in an attack by the Turkish army in the Botan region of northern Kurdistan in August.

The press center of the People's Defense Forces (HPG) released a statement announcing the martyrdom of guerrillas Xebat Leheng and Şoreş Gilîdax in an attack by the Turkish army in the countryside of Şırnak province in August.

The HPG statement said, "Our companions Xebat and Şoreş took on tasks in various areas in Botan despite the special war policy of the Turkish state and set out a successful practice that hit the enemy sensitively. On August 24, 2021, they were martyred in a bombardment by the Turkish occupation army when they were in the Serê forest in the Kêla Memê area in Beytüşşebap district while performing their task."

ID details of the two fallen guerrillas are as follows:


Nom de Guerre: Xebat Leheng
First-Last Name: Fırat Fırat
Birthplace: Urfa
Mother's-Father's Name: İde – Mehmet Hakkı
Date and Place of Martyrdom: 24 August 2021 / Kêla Memê



Nom de Guerre: Şoreş Gilîdax
First-Last Name: Turan Kisak
Birthplace: Iğdır
Mother's-Father's Name: Göge – Mahir
Date and Place of Martyrdom: 24 August 2021 / Kêla Memê

Xebat Leheng was born in Urfa. His family was patriotic and some close relatives of his had already joined the struggle in guerrilla ranks before him. When he himself took to the mountains and saw a guerrilla unit for the first time in his life, a long-cherished dream came true for him. He completed ideological and military training and focused on the tactics of modern guerrilla warfare. At his own request, he went to the Botan region in 2017 and fought in different areas.


Şoreş Gilîdax was born in Iğdır in the Serhad region. His family environment was also patriotic and he knew the PKK as a child. The family had to leave their homeland due to Turkish state policies and moved to a big city in Turkey. Even there, they maintained awareness of their Kurdish identity and Şoreş became active in the youth movement. In 2012, he joined the guerrillas in Mardin. When ISIS attacked the Şengal region in 2014, he took part in the defense of the Yazidis against the genocide. In the process, he gained military experience, which he later completed with ideological training. In 2017, he went to Botan and participated in many successful actions against the Turkish army.


HPG expressed their condolences to the families of Xebat and Şoreş and the people of Urfa and Iğdır and vowed that the struggle of the martyrs would continue until victory.