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Authorities accuse foreign parties of distracting Manbij protests

  2021-06-02  | 
 Zhyan News Network
A file photo of Manbij, northeast of Aleppo province, AANES, Syria
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – The Kurdish-backed Manbij Military Council (MMC) accused foreign parties of stirring up the recent clashes in Aleppo’s Manbij city and its countryside that left one dead and several injured in the past few days as a 48-hour curfew was imposed. 

On Monday, a protester was killed and three others were injured after they attacked the security forces during a protest held against mandatory conscription, according to Rojava Information center (RIC). 

“Well-known external and internal parties seek to push the region towards chaos and sow discord, taking advantage of the people's rightful demands and aiming behind this to strike the gains of our people and target stability in Manbij,” MMC said in a statement.

The MMC did not name any parties distracting the protests, but it called on locals “not to exploit some abnormal cells for their rightful demands, as they aim to strike confidence and stability in the region, sow discord and spread rumors to undermine the gains of our people.”

Earlier on Tuesday, the MMC issued a statement on behalf of Manbij and its countryside’s notables and sheikhs of the tribes attributed the deadly clashes to “hidden hands.”

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported clashes between Internal Security Forces (Asayish) and the protesters in Manbij and surroundings that left a protester dead and three others wounded on Monday.

48-hour curfew is in effect since Tuesday midnight .

(Zhyan English)