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Syria

SDF closing in on Manbij on all sides

By Rudaw 24/7/2016
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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are making progress in Manbij, moving in towards the centre from all sides. They have retaken Bannawi neighbourhood and are fighting in al-Kejeli.

 

“Inside the city, in al-Kejeli neighborhood, 31 Daesh [Islamic State militants] were killed while [SDF] fighters were advancing,” reported Shervan Derwish, the SDF’s spokesperson.

 

He added that another 20 ISIS militants were killed in al-Bobna neighbourhood and “Progress towards the city centre is going on in all directions.”

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed that the SDF are progressing in the city “in several areas in Manbij city, amid more casualties among both parties.”

 

The Observatory documented the deaths of at least 5 SDF members and 16 militants in the clashes. It also “received confirmed information about the death of 8 citizens, including children and citizen women after being targeted by the ‘Islamic state’ while they were trying to escape from their controlled areas in Manbij city.”

 

The targeting of the civilians fleeing Manbij came at the same time that the SDF and Islamic State militants were negotiating an evacuation of wounded civilians from the city, according to the Observatory. In exchange for allowing wounded civilians to leave the city and seek medical care, the SDF would allow wounded militants to also leave.

 

Darwish added that SDF also repelled heavy Islamic State attacks over the night and morning in the neighbourhoods of Ousajli, Tal-Serj, and Zonqel to the south and northwest of Manbij; “37 terrorists killed” he tweeted.

Comments

 
Muraz Adzhoev | 24/7/2016
While YPG-led SDF are making progress in Manbij and some other offensive military operations, new wave of arabization is going on in areas of so called "democratic cantons of Rojava" under administrative managment and political control of PYD (PKK) "revolutionary" leadership.
Sluth | 25/7/2016
An impossible but absolutely necessary task MUST be to get the civilians back into their city as soon as Daesh is removed. Supply lines for thismay need to start at Erbil and be resourced by the Coalition partners. People need basic suplies, medicines and building materials. Planning and distripbution needs to be rapid. Getting this project started accross all destroyed cities and towns is in the interests of ALL parties. I don't believe that civilians can wait for the inevitable defeat of Daesh in Mosul and Raqqa for the supply and reconstruction chain to commence. As usual, local skills and manufacturing capacity must be used to the greatest extent. Politics aside, it is absolutely critical that Kurdish and Kurdish influenced administrations of the KRG and Rojava will over the hearts and minds of their Arab neighbours. The first requirement in this space must be a transparent supply chain, and reports of hungry civilians outside Manbij aren't helpful.

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