Protests escalate in Syria’s al-Bab against opposition faction

ALEPPO, Syria (North Press) – The city of al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo, witnessed on Sunday evening mass protests in front of the headquarters of a Turkish-backed faction. The protest came after the faction released a former member of the government forces from the prison.

“The protesters condemned the attitude of the Minister of Defense in the Turkish-backed interim government, Colonel Hassan Hamada.

 The minister had rejected the public demands to dismiss a commander of the Military Police in al-Bab city and those involved in releasing the member of the government forces, a North Press eyewitness said.

Dozens of the residents and displaced people in al-Bab city in the closed the directorate of  the Military Police, protesting the release of a member of the government forces for a ransom of 1,500 USD, the source added.

Days earlier, the Military Police faction in the city of Al-Bab released the so-called Mohammed Mustafa, who had confessed committing crimes of murder and rape during his mandatory service in the government forces. Mustafa entered the Turkish-backed opposition factions-held areas five months ago, through the smuggling crossings controlled by the same factions.

Since 2017, the city of al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo has been under the control of the Turkish-backed opposition factions.

Reporting by Farouq Hamo