Peoples’ United Revolutionary Movement (HBDH) claimed responsibility for the action which targeted a factory belonging to Erçal family in Alaplı district of Zonguldak province, in the Black Sea region north of Turkey.
The factory was targeted by HBDH Nubar Ozanyan Vengeance Militia on August 6. The fire that started after the strike by the HBDH unit left the factory unusable.
HBDH stated that the action was carried out “in memory of internationalist comrade Nubar Ozanyan who joined the fight for the freedom of Rojava peoples, trained hundreds of fighters, participated in the founding efforts of HBDH and fell a martyr for the cause of the brotherhood and freedom of all oppressed peoples on 14 August 2017”.
Nubar Ozanyan, also known by his nom de guerre Orhan Bakırcıyan, was a Turkish-born Armenian revolutionary who was part of TİKKO. In Palestine, he fought with the PFLP against Israel during the First Intifada. He trained with local militants in Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley in 1990. He fought in the Nagorno-Karabakh War against Azerbaijan. He returned to Turkey’s Tunceli Province in 1992 and participated in the local insurgency. In 2013, he trained fighters of TİKKO in Iraqi Kurdistan. In July 2015, he became one of the commanders of the newly founded International Freedom Battalion (IFB) in Rojava. Ozanyan took part in the battle for Raqqa, during which he was killed on 14 August 2017.
“From Lebanon and Palestine to Nagorno-Karabagh and Rojava, we are so honored to have known Orhan, who showed us what it means to be a guerrilla,” the International Revolutionary People’s Guerrilla Forces (IRPGF) tweeted on Aug. 15.
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