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People and traders hold strike in Tal Abyad and Suluk cities, al-Raqqa, protesting poor living conditions

Editing: Hazem Halak |
Translation: Glory Jabr

Al-Raqqa - SMART

On Monday, people and traders in the Syrian National Army-controlled cities of Tal Abyad and Suluk, 100 kilometers north of al-Raqqa, Northern Syria, held a strike, protesting poor living conditions in the area.

Local sources reported to SMART that dozens of civilians closed their shops and gathered in front of the local council building in the city of Tal Abyad, demanding a better living situation, as the price of 800 gram of bread has increased from 250 to 450 Syrian pounds.

The sources added that the protesters blocked the roads leading to the local council in the city with burning tires, as the protests lasted for more than three hours. The sources stated that the local councils in Tal Abyad and Suluk made promises to reconsider the pricing of bread.

With the support of the Turkish Army, the SNA gained control of the cities of Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ayn, in addition to dozens of villages in the governorates of al-Hasakah and al-Raqqa, as part of a military operation launched by Turkey against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Oct. 9, 2019.

The Kurdish Autonomous Administration and some humanitarian and human rights organizations accuse Turkey of intending to make a demographic change in its controlled areas, by granting the homes of Kurdish displaced people to others Arab people. However, Turkey and the SNA say that the operation aims to keep the SDF away from the Turkish border and to return displaced people to their homes.