SDC demands demilitarized zone, expulsion of SNA from Syria’s Afrin

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – On Wednesday, Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) called for a  demilitarized humanitarian zone in Afrin, northwest Syria, and the expulsion of the Turkish-backed Syrian opposition factions from the region.

The SDC’s call came in response to the killing of four civilian Kurds by militants of the Turkish-backed factions, also known as the Syrian National Army (SNA), for igniting Newroz flame.

On March 20, Turkish-backed militants killed four Kurds and injured others in the district of Jindires in the Afrin countryside for igniting Newroz flame.

The incident urged thousands of people to organize mass protests in the district, expressing their anger the crime.

The SDC, on its official website, condemned “this heinous crime and shocking massacre and express our sincere condolences to the families of the victims.”

The SDC statement added that “crime cannot be separated from the context of occupation, displacement.”

The SDC demanded declaring Afrin a demilitarized humanitarian zone, the expulsion of all military factions, and allowing the safe return of its original people under the supervision of the international community.

Reporting by Muhammad al-Qadi