Syrians in Manbij protest against Assad regime, demand SDF intervention

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SDF fighters surrounded by civilians in Manbij after liberating the city from ISIS. File photo: ARA News

ARA News

Dozens of displaced civilians from the al-Khafse town and nearby villages in the countryside of Manbij, in northern Syria, gathered on Thursday in Arbaa al-Kabir village and protested against the Syrian government.

The protesters demanded the removal of pro-Assad forces from their villages and called for the intervention of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The al-Khafse town was taken from ISIS by the Syrian government and the residents were forced to leave due to the clashes and headed to areas controlled by the SDF and the allied Manbij Military Council (MMC).

According to the pro-Kurdish ANHA agency, the residents of the area refused to return to their villages under Syrian government control, accusing the regime forces of looting their houses and threatening the residents.

As a result, dozens of IDPs from al-Khasfe gathered on Thursday demanding the Syrian government to withdraw from their villages, so that they can return home.

“I am from Khafse and we are protesting today because we want to go back home and live in safety, but this will not be possible if the Syrian regime troops do not get out of our villages,” a civilian said. “We ask the SDF and Manbij Military Council to protect our areas.”

“The regime forces are stealing and burning our properties and don’t allow us to go back home and threaten us,” he added.

On Thursday evening, the protestors headed to the Ras Ein al-Hamer checkpoint –controlled by the Syrian government– and asked for a permission to return to their villages. However, the soldiers did not allow them to cross the checkpoint, local sources told ARA News.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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