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SDF prevents civilians coming from Syrian government-controlled areas in al-Tabqah from entering al-Raqqa

Editing: Hosam Saleem |
Translation: Glory Jabr

Al-Raqqa - SMART

On Tuesday, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) prevented hundreds of civilians coming from Syrian government-controlled areas from entering the city of al-Raqqa through the al-Tabqah crossing, 55 kilometers west of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria.

The SDF is mainly comprised of the Kurdish People's Protection Units in addition to Arab, Turkmen, and Assyrian/Syriac military factions. The SDF is supported by the United States-backed International Coalition against the Islamic State and fought them in al-Raqqa, Deir al-Zor, Aleppo, and al-Hasakah in Northeastern Syria.

Local sources reported to SMART that civilians who were in Syrian government-controlled areas for commercial, medical or educational reasons and others coming to visit their families were prevented from entering the city of al-Raqqa by SDF members.

The sources added that about 500 people were waiting at the crossing although there are humanitarian cases among them. The SDF prevented the people from entering through the al-Tabqah crossing, which links SDF-controlled areas with Syrian government-controlled areas.

The sources stated that the SDF prevented the civilians from entering under the pretext of health reasons and precautionary measures against COVID-19.

Earlier, the Kurdish Autonomous Administration issued a statement saying that the crossings will remain closed until the joint presidency issues a decision to open them, except for the Tayha and al-Tabqah crossings, for the transit of patients and students by providing the necessary papers.