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People demonstrate in Tal Abyad, north of al-Raqqa, demanding release of detainees in SNA prisons

Editing: Mostafa al-shmaly |
Translation: Nouha Salti
Publication date: 2020/06/05 17:55

Al-Raqqa - SMART

On Friday, people demonstrated in the city of Tal Abyad, near the Syrian-Turkish border, northern al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria, demanding the release of detainees in Syrian National Army (SNA) prisons in the city.

Local sources reported to SMART that dozens of people, including women, demonstrated near the Tal Abyad border crossing, demanding the release of their relatives, detained in the SNA prisons.

The sources added that the demonstrators cried out, “We want the detainees” and demanded to know the charges against them.

Captain Abu Adnan al-Ahmad from the al-Shamiah Front of the SNA reported to SMART that the detainees are charged of being a part of group that carried out explosions in Tal Abyad.  

On Jan. 3, 2020, hundreds of demonstrators demanded the release of detainees and expelling of the al-Majd Legion of the SNA from Tal Abyad, after a fighter from the legion killed a civilian.

People, activists, and human rights organizations accused the Turkish-backed SNA of attacking, looting and burning civilians’ houses, in addition to committing crimes, such as killing the political activist Hevrin Khalaf.

On Nov. 16, 2019, the SNA announced forming a committee to follow up on violations and assaults in order to prosecute the culprits. Two SNA factions formed a committee to confiscate and loot public and private property in Tal Abyad, amidst Turkish disregard for all of these practices, as activists described it as "intentional negligence."

On Oct. 13, 2020, the SNA gained control of the city of Tal Abyad, the town of Slouk, and dozens of village in northern al-Raqqa near the Syrian-Turkish border, during a military campaign launched by Turkey against the Syrian Democratic Forces.