The Kurdish city of Afrin (Efrin) in N. Syria was occupied on 20 January 2018 by the Turkish military and Turkish state controlled forces.
Hundreds of families had to flee from Afrin city due to the Turkish military assault and the attacks of the Turkish state controlled forces. The people of Afrin, who now live in the Shehba (Şehba) region of the northeastern Syria, held a march to protest against the occupation of Afrin.
Afrin was a mostly Kurdish-populated city, but also included displaced Arabs, Turkmens and Yazidi people. The people of Afrin, now living in Shehba, organised a march in Til Qireh village on 20 January 20, on the third anniversary of the occupation in Afrin, 2018 to condemn the attacks of the Turkish military and forces under it’s control.
Residents of Ehrez, Ehdas and Serdem camps reportedly joined the march.
Asiye Ebdo, Member of the Martyrs’ Families Assembly, condemned the 3 years of occupation of Afrin. “The purpose of these attacks were to break the will of the Kurdish people in northeast Syria. The people of Afrin endured many brutal attacks for 58 days,” she said.
Ebdo stated that these attacks would not break the will of the Kurds and other peoples of northeast Syria. “The people’s insistence for freedom would continue,” Ebdo noted.