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onsdag 20 juni 2018

Manbij people demonstrate rejecting Turkish incursion into their territories

Manbij people demonstrate rejecting Turkish incursion into their territories
Thousands of Manbij people organized a massive demonstration that has been launched a while ago to denounce and reject the Turkish threats of penetrating into their territories.

A while ago, a massive demonstration has been launched in Manbij city in North Syria with the participation of large numbers of Manbij people; young and elderly, clan's notables, members and administrators of the Democratic Civil Administration in Manbij city and its countryside and the civil institutions, as well as the military institutions.
In addition to Manbij people, hundreds of al-Tabqa and al-Raqqa cities' people in North Syria are participating in this demonstration.
The demonstration was launched in front of al-Batta Square in the eastern entrance of Manbij city. The demonstrators are holding banners with "The Democratic Civil Administration of Manbij and its countryside is the true representative of the people’s will," "Manbij people reject the Turkish-American agreement," "Manbij youths refuse the restoration of the Ottoman Empire’s history," "Yes for resistance against the brutal Turkish occupation," "Even Manbij's children refuse murderers and oppressors" written on.
The demonstrators are walking through the main streets heading towards the public square in the center of the city chanting slogans that denounce the Turkish occupation and demanding it to exit from the Syrian territories.
The demonstration came after the recent Turkish threats to penetrate into Manbij city in coordination with US forces, but according to media reports quoting from officials within the International Coalition Forces in Syria and Iraq on Tuesday, the Turkish forces did not enter Manbij city and it would never enter it.
It is worth mentioning that Manbij city was liberated in 15 August, 2016 by Manbaj Military Council's fighters with the support of the People and Women Protection Units (YPG, YPJ) and International Coalition after 73 days of fierce battles against the Islamic State's gangs.

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