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‘Manbij remains secure,’ says coalition after blast injures protesters

By Rudaw 6/7/2018
Members of the Manbij Military Council man an observation point. File photo: Rudaw
Members of the Manbij Military Council man an observation point. File photo: Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – An explosion on Thursday was caused by a “suspected remote-controlled explosive device,” the coalition confirmed in a statement on Friday. 

“The explosion was caused by a suspected remote-controlled explosive device during a peaceful protest of approximately 2,000 citizens in al-Hayyah, a village east of Manbij city,” read the full statement. 

The coalition estimates more than two dozen people were injured. 

The protesters were demonstrating against Turkish security threats. 

Shervan Derwish, spokesperson for the Manbij Military Council that is responsible for security condemned the perpetrators as “cowards and criminals.”

The coalition reassured the population that the area remains secure. 

“US and Turkish forces have been conducting independent, coordinated patrols on the northern demarcation line outside Manbij since June 18. Security within Manbij is maintained by the Manbij Military Council. Manbij remains secure and the MMC is investigating the al-Hayyah blast,” the statement concluded. 

Comments

 
Outsider | 7/7/2018
2 observations: (1) yesterday it was few hundred, many news outlets talking about 200-300 people... today YPG already talks about 2000 participants.. so much about truthful reporting by YPG in this area... (2) why do they not have such a demonstration in Manbij? Why was it organised in a village? Ahhhh, one of the few villages where now predominantely Kurds live (in houses which pre ISIS were occupied by local Arabs, and had to leave because of the fighting and later were not permitted to return by YPG)... I assume it is clear for everyone why these poor refugees are easily to be manipulate as YPG supporters... but why, although the Manbij Military & Civil Councils have "full control" in Manbij, why are they not able to organise such protests in Manbij? Don't know if local population indeed wants the Turks... but it is obvious...they sure don't want YPG too !!!

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