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Syria: Thousands of IDPs from Afrin demonstrate on 3rd anniv of Turkish military operation01:34

Syria: Thousands of IDPs from Afrin demonstrate on 3rd anniv of Turkish military operation

Syrian Arab Republic, Az-Zijara
January 21, 2021 at 01:01 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of Afrin's displaced residents demonstrated on the third anniversary of the Turkish-led military operation 'Olive Branch' against Syrian Kurdish forces in Afrin, on Wednesday in the area of Az-Zijara, some 32 kilometres (18.6 miles) northwest of Aleppo.

Condemning the Turkish presence on their land, protesters carried pictures of people killed by Turkish forces and their allies as well as signs reading, 'Enough occupation of our land' and 'Afrin is the heart and soul of the Kurds.'

The demonstrators also condemned what they view as the international silence regarding the issue.

Over 150,000 ethnic Kurds fled the Afrin region after the military operation, with the UN's ​Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) warning in a report issued in June 2018​ that "permitting ethnic Arabs to occupy houses of Kurds who have fled, effectively prevents the Kurds from returning to their homes and may be an attempt to change permanently the ethnic composition of the area.​"

Syria: Thousands of IDPs from Afrin demonstrate on 3rd anniv of Turkish military operation01:34
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Thousands of Afrin's displaced residents demonstrated on the third anniversary of the Turkish-led military operation 'Olive Branch' against Syrian Kurdish forces in Afrin, on Wednesday in the area of Az-Zijara, some 32 kilometres (18.6 miles) northwest of Aleppo.

Condemning the Turkish presence on their land, protesters carried pictures of people killed by Turkish forces and their allies as well as signs reading, 'Enough occupation of our land' and 'Afrin is the heart and soul of the Kurds.'

The demonstrators also condemned what they view as the international silence regarding the issue.

Over 150,000 ethnic Kurds fled the Afrin region after the military operation, with the UN's ​Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) warning in a report issued in June 2018​ that "permitting ethnic Arabs to occupy houses of Kurds who have fled, effectively prevents the Kurds from returning to their homes and may be an attempt to change permanently the ethnic composition of the area.​"