Afrin – The Kurdish city of Afrin has received thousands of displaced civilians from villages near al-Bab city in Syria’s northern Aleppo Governorate.
More than 2,500 Arab civilians fled their villages after Islamic State (ISIS) militants ordered residents to evacuate. ISIS has struggled to retain its positions north of al-Bab, against a coalition of rebels backed by Turkey.
Speaking to ARA News, S Abdulrahman, a displaced woman from al-Bab, described her desperate flight to Afrin Canton: “The Islamic State declared al-Bab countryside a military zone and demanded that people evacuate their homes. The group threatened to execute anyone violating the order.”
“Many families headed to Afrin. We had nowhere else to go. We thank our Kurdish brothers and sisters for hosting us at this hard time,” Abdulrahman said. Afrin Canton is one of the three administrations that collectively constitute Northern Syria – Rojava.
Civilians that have reached Afrin Canton have reportedly been directed to Robar Camp, where shelter and aid is limited. Thousands of people remain stranded between al-Bab and the Kurdish-majority canton.
Human rights activists expressed concern about the fate of those who couldn’t escape al-Bab countryside and those who, having fled with nothing, are facing severe deprivations.
Reporting by: Qehreman Miste | Source: ARA News
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