Military Council of Syria’s Manbij accuses parties of exploiting people’s demands

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – On Tuesday, Manbij Military Council accused some “outside and inside parties of trying to push the region towards chaos and discord, taking advantage of the people’s rightful demands.”

The city of Manbij, north Syria, witnessed protests, which activists said on social media, were against the duty of self-defense.

“The duty of self-defense has been implemented for seven years without any problems, and this confirms that those parties are trying to exploit the economic conditions and the difficulties that the Syrians suffer from in order to achieve goals and agendas that serve the interests of parties aiming to destabilize Manbij,” the Council said.

The Council cited the targeting of “security and military headquarters by some people and criminal cells receiving instructions from outside parties, resulting in casualties and injuries.”

“We reaffirm that the Autonomous Administration is open to dialogue and discussion with everyone to present their demands and criticism, which we respect,” it added.

The Military Council indicated that it stands by the residents and their rightful demands, adding: “Just as we liberated them from terrorism so that they can live in freedom and peace, we will not hesitate to take all measures to confront any criminal scheme that targets the city’s stability and the safety of its people.”

It is worth noting that the Manbij Military Council, in cooperation with the US-led Global Coalition, expelled the Islamic State organization (ISIS) from the city and its countryside in August 2016. 

The council called on the residents to take precautions and beware of “some abnormal cells exploiting their rightful demands with the aim of undermining confidence and stability in the region, spreading strife and rumors.”