Protestors stone Russian patrol in Syria’s Tel Tamr

TEL TAMR, Syria (North Press) – On Sunday, dozens of locals from the town of Tel Tamr, north of northeast Syria’s Hasakah, threw stones at a Russian patrol as a protest against Turkish forces’ cutoff of electricity and water to the area.

With the start of the most military escalation by Turkish forces in the Tel Tamr area on August 12, Turkish forces cut off water from Alouk station to the residents of Hasakah city and its countryside. They also shut off electricity last Tuesday, with maintenance workers unable to reach the site of the damaged electrical equipment in the village of Tel Karabet, west of Tel Tamr, due to repeated Turkish targeting of maintenance staff.

In protest against the silence of Russian forces, who are the guarantor of the October 2019 ceasefire in the area, dozens of local residents stood in front of a Russian patrol on Sunday morning and pelted it with stones.

On the 19th of this month, residents of the towns of Tel Tamr, Abu Rasin, and Derbasiya organized a sit-in in front of the Russian base in Tel Tamr to protest the continuous Turkish bombardment of the area.

Some days earlier, residents of Abu Rasin stopped a Russian patrol, condemning the latter’s silence over the Turkish bombardment which targeted the town with more than 50 shells, killing a woman and child and injuring dozens.

Tel Tamr and the surrounding area has sat on the front lines since late 2019, after the Turkish invasion of Sere Kaniye and Tel Abyad saw the line of Turkish occupation extend to just four kilometers outside of the town. Since this time, Turkish forces and their affiliated Syrian proxy militias have continued to bombard areas near the front lines, despite the existence of the Russian-Turkish ceasefire.

Reporting by Dilsoz Youssef