Syria’s Kurds protest Turkish army presence near Afrin

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Kurdish forces of the YPG in a military camp in Afrin, northern Syria. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Hundreds of Kurds in the Afrin district in Syria’s northern Aleppo province on Thursday protected the presence of the Turkish army in the area.

Turkey’s military and allied rebel groups have repeatedly attacked the Kurdish Afrin district, targeting civilians as well as headquarters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG).

The protesters also accused Turkey of building separation walls on the border with Rojava-Northern Syria.

The Turkish army on Thursday brought digging machines to the border village of Shingiliye in the Rajo sub-district of Afrin.

The digging machines were reportedly brought to the Syrian side of the border to construct a separation wall between Rojava and Turkey.

Local sources told ARA News that the protesters were trying to stop the Turkish army from moving further into the Rojava territory.

Turkey has erected 290 kilometers (180 miles) of a planned 511-kilometer (317 miles) “security wall” along its border with war-torn Syria this year.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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