Submitted by Khaled Iskef
The “Manbij Civil Council” of the so-called “Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria” issued a decision to end the curfew ban imposed in the city of “Manbij” in the province of Aleppo. The curfew was imposed following events that took place in the region in the past days.
The council, controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (dominated by Kurdish YPG), claimed that the decision came after a calm returned to the region. The curfew was imposed in response to protests against practices of the so-called SDF “self-management”. The curfew, imposed last Tuesday, ended on Friday evening.
The curfew was imposed a day after massive civil protests erupted in Manbij rejection of the “forced conscription” campaign carried out by the SDF’s “Manbij Military Council” and the arrest of dozens of young men, in order to force them to fight in the ranks of the SDF.
In response, the SDF imposed a total curfew inside Manbij, in an attempt to prevent the demonstrations, but it failed to do so and the protests continued until the SDF announced a decision to suspend the forced conscription campaign for the current period.
According to reports, 7 civilians were killed during the protests, at the hands of gunmen of the Manbij Military Council. Dozens of other civilians were injured, while the popular pressure succeeded in forcing the “Autonomous Administration” to reverse its decision, stop forced recruitment, and release the civilians it had arrested.
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