Mass demonstrations of local residents against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continue for the second day in a row in the area of Syrian Manbij in the eastern countryside of Aleppo.
The main reason of the protests is the dissatisfaction with the actions of the Kurdish authorities, including the forced conscription of men into the the SDF ranks.
The protests erupted on May 31 in the suburbs of Manbij. At the beginning, there were no violence. Dozens of locals blocked the M4 international road with burning tires near the village of Karsan. Later, the protests spread to the the town.
On June 1, the protests continued and grew up in their scale. Asayish, the security wing of the US-backed SDF, was reportedly deployed in the town. SDF reinforcements were seen arriving from Kobani towards Manbij.
📹 Syrian National Army SNA has sent a Military force to the outskirts of #Manbij#Syria pic.twitter.com/sche17QEXR
— Mete Sohtaoğlu (@metesohtaoglu) June 1, 2021
Members of the SDF opened fire on protesters. The death toll as a result of the shooting has risen to 5, and another 27 were injured.
A protest stand in the city of Al-Bab against the practices of the SDF against the people of Manbij and their killing of peaceful demonstrators.#Manbij_uprising#منبج_الثورة_تنتفض pic.twitter.com/FW2fja9hzS
— Mohamad Rasheed محمد رشيد (@mohmad_rasheed) June 1, 2021
Meanwhile, clashes between the SDF’s Manbij Military Council and the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (TFSA) at al Jat and al Hawshariyah northwest of Manbij were reported. The clashes reportedly include heavy machine guns and mortars.
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