North Syria’s political parties call for “labeling SNA on terrorism list”

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – On Thursday, a number of political parties in northern Syria demanded that the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA), be placed on the “terrorism list.”

A statement was made by 32 political parties in the city of Qamishli, northeastern Syria, following the killing of four civilian Kurds by members of the Ahrar al-Sharqiya faction for igniting Newroz bonfire in Jindires in Afrin on March 20.

The statement read, “this crime reveals the reality of what is happening in the occupied areas by Turkish forces and its mercenaries, especially in the Afrin region, which is suffering at the hands of ISIS and al-Nusra remnants.”

Sihanok Dibo, co-chair of the Relations Office of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), called on the UN to fulfill its responsibilities in returning indigenous Kurds to their region.

He also called for Afrin to be declared a humanitarian demilitarized zone under international supervision to cease ongoing violations against the Kurds and the people of the region and to stop demographic change.

The political parties’ statement held “Turkey as an occupying state and the opposition Syrian National Coalition” responsible for the crime committed in Jindires.

The statement added, “this crime demonstrates the importance of accelerating the implementation of UN Resolution 2254 and achieving a sustainable solution to the Syrian crisis through the participation of all Syria’s national components in the negotiation process.”

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that killing Kurds on the eve of Newroz in Jindires falls under serious violations that have been committed by the Turkish forces and their affiliated armed opposition factions, also known as the Syrian National Army (SNA), against the people of Afrin for five years.

Reporting by Nalin Ali