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Injuries after explosion near protesters in Manbij

By Rudaw 5/7/2018
People run after an explosion in Haya, Syria, on July 5, 2018. Photo: Rudaw TV
People run after an explosion in Haya, Syria, on July 5, 2018. Photo: Rudaw TV
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — An explosion targeted demonstrators in Haya near Manbij on Thursday, injuring some people.

A source told Rudaw the demonstration was staged against Turkish attacks on Manbij.

Video posted by ANHA news agency showed rising plumes of smoke and people being rushed away in the back of pickup trucks. Other, apparent victims with blood-soaked cloth bandages could be seen walking down a road.

"Cowards and criminals stand behind the bombing of civilians," tweeted Shervan Derwish, spokesperson for the Manbij Miliary Council, saying that Manbij is bigger than this and won't be affected by the "acts of cowards."

The explosion came after a US delegation visited Manbij earlier this week. They met with civilian council and military officials.

Turkey and the United States are currently conducting coordinated but separate patrols which meet at a demarcation line.

US Senator Lindsey Graham said he tried to convince Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to support a continued US military presence in the northern Syrian city.

“I tried to make the case that you want America in Syria because the outcomes of us leaving are not good,” Graham told Reuters, the news agency reported on Wednesday.

Updated at 6:07 pm


FAUthman | 5/7/2018
Outcomes for the future of north and north eastern Syria where the population is mostly Kurds : Divide this territory into two zones: west of the Euphrates river, and east of the same river. A- West of the Euphrates: Controlled by Turkey but where the Turks are in constant communication and coordination with Russia about Turkey's next moves over there. Turkey will not be dislodged from this area and Russia will not attempt to push the Turks out and would not support a guerrilla war against the Turks. Never mind the reasons. The future of this area is settled: Syria has lost this territory to Turkey. B- East of the Euphrates: The US backed DFNS (of mostly Kurds) is in control. Turkey from the north, Assad regime from the south and possibly Iran from the east will be testing the borders and US resolve and staying power to resist aggression and its willingness to help the DFNS defend this territory. As long as US remains present and supplies the local DNFS militia with arms and anti armor and anti aircraft weapons ( which are very effective ) the threat from both the north and south can be contained. The US will then have to stay there for a very long time and it may just do that until there is total peace in the region which is only possible through agreement with Russia.
Outsider | 6/7/2018
Poor civil population.... but can anybody say that the MMC spokesman Mr Derwish said the same about similar acts by YPG/PKK? Oooohhhh, then it is a fight against the oppressor...

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