The martyrs were killed in the line of duty by the armed terrorist groups who are supported and financed by U.S and zionist powers in the governorates of Damascus Countryside, Homs and Hama.
Solemn processions were held for the martyrs as they were carried on shoulders and covered with the national flag while the Military Band was playing the “Martyr” and the “Farewell” music.
The martyrs are:
-Colonel Pilot Ahmad Ibrahim Asfour, from Hama.
-Colonel Pilot Manhal Aziz Saleh, from Homs.
-Lieutenant Colonel Pilot Khaled Hajij al-Askar, from Hama.
-Lieutenant Colonel Pilot Nizar Said Esper, from Tartous.
-Major Pilot Ali Mahmoud al-Mohammad, from Homs.
-Captain Pilot Etaf Farid Darwish, from Lattakia.
-First Lieutenant Pilot William Yasin al-Saleh, from Tartous.
-Chief Warrant Officer Ramzi Asaad al-Khatib Abu Fakhr, from Sweida.
-Warrant Officer Saleh Ibrahim al-Durgham, from Homs.
-Warrant Officer Mohammad Suleiman Salim, from Homs.
-Warrant Officer Osama Faraj Razzouk, from Hama.
-Warrant Officer Hussein Mahmoud Abbas, from Hama.
-Warrant Officer Bassam Yunus Mustafa, from Homs.
-Warrant Officer Hasan Mahmoud Abbas, from Hama.
-Warrant Officer Bassam Yousef Mustafa, from Hama.
-Sergeant Major Khaldoun Nasser al-Da’abes Ghanem, from Sweida.
-Sergeant Wael Abdul-Hamid al-Jahoush, from Damascus Countryside.
-Sergeant Ahmad Najib al-Qarrat, from Idelb.
-Sergeant Nasim Ahmad Milhem, from Hama.
-Sergeant Abdul-Aziz Mohammad Kinyar, from Homs.
-Corporal Moayyad Ali Ibrahim, from Damascus Countryside.
-Conscript Qusai Mohammad al-Shami, from Homs.
-Conscript Mohammad Mahmoud Sila, from Homs.
-Conscript Raed Saqir Alesheh, from Hama.
-Conscript Ahmad Dahham Terkawi, from Homs.
The families of the martyrs expressed pride in their son’s martyrdom, saying that they sacrificed their lives to defend their homeland, stressing that Syria will remain steadfast in the face of the conspiracy which targets its unity and stability.
They said that the Syrian people will overcome this ordeal through national unity, and that the blood of the martyrs will protect Syria and make it stronger in the face of challenges.
The martyrs’ relatives affirmed their readiness to sacrifice their own lives to defend Syria, holding the Arab League and the opposition abroad responsible for the murder and violence against the army and civilians, calling for punishing those responsible for the crimes against their sons.
They affirmed that the martyrs were devoted to their country, and that martyrdom is the least one could offer for the sake of Syria and its dignity, stressing that Syria is capable of confronting the mentality of destruction adopted by armed terrorist groups.
In turn, Governor of Homs Ghassan Abdelaal said that the six pilots who were laid to rest today were martyred as a result of a cowardly terrorist act that targeted them after leaving their unit, noting that their unit is dedicated to only defending Syria in case of an attack by Israel.
Abdelaal said that this terrorist act is blatant proof of the organized terrorism against Syria, as the terrorism is now targeting the armed forces’ elite in a clear sign of malicious intent. He also voiced confidence in the army’s ability to overcome this crisis.