Sidar Aloyan (1996 - 2015)
Sidar Aloyan (1996 – 2015)
Sidar Aloyan (second from right)

Yerevan –  In the night of 18 December, a Yezidi soldier from Armenia lost his life at the border to Azerbaijan as part of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Sidar Aloyan was born in 1996 in the Yezidi village Alagyaz as the oldest son. He died of his injuries following an attack by the Azerbaijani army. Aloyan was a member of the Armenian Karate and Taekwondo Federation.

The armed conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region has flared up again for some time now. Clashes occur regularly at the border, resulting in casualties on both sides.

Aloyan´s death has received great attention in the Armenian media. Many Armenians express their condolence and underline the centuries of good relations between Armenians and Yezidis, stressing that there had been never any political conflicts between Armenians and Yezidis. By contrast, Armenians and Yezidis have often fought side by side, such as the two generals Jangir Akha (Yezidi) and Andranik Ozanian (Armenian) in the battle of Sardarabat in 1918 during the genocide in the Ottoman Empire.