NORTH AND EAST SYRIA — The Syrian Future Party organized a demonstration in the city of Raqqa in which representatives of civil institutions, members of the Party, and members of the general public participated. They carried the flags of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and its constitutive forces, pictures of martyrs, and banners that read “No to international silence, we demand a no-fly zone over North and East Syria”. Demonstrators also chanted slogans calling for the imposition of a “No-Fly Zone” over the region and denouncing the Turkish attacks.
The demonstration began with a minute of silence for the souls of martyrs, followed by a speech delivered by Head of the Future Syria Party Abdul Hamid Al-Mahbash in which he noted that the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for more than two months, has been threatening a military operation to occupy new areas in North and East Syria under the pretext of creating a “safe zone”.
Al-Mahbash stated that there is a major Turkish colonial scheme to occupy of Holeb (Aleppo), Raqqa, Dayro Zcuro (Deir ez-Zor), and northern Iraq.
As for Holeb, civil society organizations issued a statement condemning the Turkish attacks on North and East Syria and calling on all international and human rights organizations concerned with the situation in Syria to prevent a new Turkish invasion. It also called on Syrians to work together to liberate all occupied Syrian regions, to ensure political and human rights for all Syrians to build a free democratic homeland, and to draft a constitution that respects the privacy of all components present in the country.
In Kobani, the Movement for a Democratic Society (TEV-DEM) and Human Rights Organization in Euphrates Region issued a joint statement condemning Turkey’s attacks on the region and its targeting of military figures with drones.
The statement noted that these attacks and aggressive policies coincide with a general international silence despite their public and flagrant violation of international covenants and laws. The statement considered that the continuous Turkish threats to occupy the city of Kobani, Mabbug (Manbij) and Tel Rifaat, and its continuous attacks with drones and artillery on the regions of North and East Syria, is a crime whose perpetrators must be punished.
The statement called on the international community and humanitarian organizations to intervene immediately to stop the repeated Turkish threats and violations.