Syria: Tens of thousands stand in solidarity against Operation 'Olive Branch' in Afrin

Tens of thousands of protesters from Northern Syrian cities descended on Afrin on Sunday, in a display of solidarity in the face of Turkey's ongoing Operation Olive Branch offensive. The protesters denounced the Turkish military offensive as well as criticised the silence from the international community on the campaign. The crowd waved People's Protection Units (YPG) flags and held pictures... Еще of founder of the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) Abdullah Ocalan as they marched from Newroz junction to Dersim Hospital. «We come today to join our support for the resistance of Afrin. It is resistance to the times and steadfastness. I tell them that you are the rightful owners, the owners of the land, and the principals, and we are all with you, Afrin,» said one protester. According to the organisation Human Rights Watch (HRW), an estimated 100 civilians have died since the start of the operation. The Turkish military started launching airstrikes and rockets on Kurdish positions in Afrin shortly after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the launch of the military operation dubbed 'Olive Branch.' The Turkish President also declared that the next destination for Turkish forces would be Syria's Manbij. Turkey views the People's Protection Units (YPG), which is active in northern Syria, as an extension of the banned militant group Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

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