Syrian city goes on strike amid anti-ISIL protest


Manbij market during the anti-ISIL strike. Photo: Activists

ARA News

Kobane, Syria – Residents of the city of Manbij protested on Sunday against practices of the Qaeda splinter group of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) by going on a general strike which paralyzed the city. Manbij, located in the eastern countryside of Aleppo, has been controlled by ISIL militants since last January.

The residents went on the strike, responding to local activists’ call. The strike included all the commercial shops in the city, with the stopping of the transportation means and the movement of pedestrians.

A local activist from the city of Manbij (who preferred anonymity) told ARA News that the strike came in response to the violations carried out by ISIL members including the execution of civilians in the city.

The activist called on residents of other cities and towns in the countryside of Aleppo to join the general strike of Manbij city “to clean areas of Aleppo province from the dominance of the ISIL”.

“Militants of ISIL carried out patrols in the city and fired bullets on the front doors of the commercial shops which participated in the strike,” the source told ARA News.

Meanwhile, activists in Manbij city organized a demonstration on Sunday evening and raised anti-ISIL slogans and banners. Local sources reported that ISIL militants opened fire against the demonstrators, causing the injury of several participants.

Noteworthy, the eastern countryside of Aleppo fell entirely under the control of the ISIL after clashes with fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Islamic Front. The city of Manbij is the biggest city in the countryside of Aleppo and was one of the cities which participated in the peaceful protests against the Assad regime which began in March 2011.


Reporting by: Rozbihan Saeed

Source: ARA News

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