Students demonstrate on first anniversary of Afrin battle in al-Qamishli

Writing Kaled Abdul-hamid | Editing Amena Riyad | Translation Maan Salti | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: January 21, 2019, 10:01:21 PM wire POLITICS Demonstration

Al-Hasakah - SMART

Dozens of student from the city of Afrin demonstrate on Monday in the city of al-Qamishli, 75 kilometers north of al-Hasakah, Northeastern Syria, on the first anniversary of the Afrin battle, which Turkey and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) launched against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in the Aleppo governorate.

The student Mohammad Shaykho told SMART that he and other students demonstrated near the United Nations headquarter in al-Qamishli to send a message to the international community and human rights organizations, saying that Afrin "is slaughtered in silence while Turkey commits arbitrary arrests and tortures people in the city."

Shaykho said, "Looting and thefts have spread in the city, and more than one thousand civilians have been killed, in addition to those who have been arrested," demanding the UN to grant a safe return to the city for the people who were displaced.

The demonstrator Amal Ibo confirmed that the demonstration arose in denouncement of the Turkish attack against Afrin.

On January 21, 2018, the Turkish Army and several FSA factions launched a military operation in Afrin, gaining total control of the area.

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