People of Manbij gather in the city centre after SDF stormed final ISIS positions in the Syrian border city on Friday. Photo: ARA News
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MANBIJ – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) today liberated the last areas of Manbij city and expelled the Islamic State (ISIS) radical group from its main jihadi pocket on the Syrian-Turkish border.
The SDF also continued freeing civilians that have been held hostage by ISIS.
According to the SDF-led Manbij Military Council, on Friday more than 2000 civilians have been released from ISIS detention in al-Sirib district.
Al-Sirib was the last area held by ISIS militants in the Syrian border city of Manbij.
Now that city is free of ISIS, according to military officials in Manbij.
The SDF is expected to announce soon the complete liberation of this city that has been for long a jihadi border pocket for ISIS.
Speaking to ARA News, SDF officer Shervan Ali said: “We are now inside the city of Manbij trying to protect civilians who were freed from ISIS detention.”
“Only a small number of ISIS terrorists are still hiding inside the city,” he said. “Manbij is now fully liberated, and the official announcnet will follow very soon.”
Brian Viyan, a Kurdish female fighter of the YPJ, who participated in the anti-ISIS operation of Manbij, said: ” Today a large number of civilians were able to evacuate ISIS-held areas.”
“The victory of Manbij over ISIS will been announced in the coming hours,” she told ARA News.
Raghad Jassim, a citizen from Manbij, said: “My brother and cousin wanted to join the SDF forces but they were shot dead by ISIS before being able to reach the SDF positions. Furthermore, ISIS forced all girls and women to wear burqas in Manbij. Now this nightmare is over.”
Reporting by: Enwer Omar
SourcE: ARA News