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Al-Qamihli: Demonstrators demand the end of fighting in Raʾs al‑ʿAyn

KURDWATCH, January 24, 2013—Ongoing fighting between the Free Syrian Army and government troops in the week from January 12 to January 18, 2013 resulted again in numerous dead and injured. The fighting was concentrated in the economic center of Aleppo, the capital of Damascus, and the area around Hama and Idlib. On January 18,, demonstrators throughout the country took to the streets united under the slogan »University of the Revolution, Techniques of Martyrdom« and continued to demanded the fall of the regime. The slogan recalled the approximately ninety students who were killed in an air attack on the University of Aleppo. Supporters of the Kurdish National Council carried banners with similar content and also demanded the recognition of the rights of the Kurds and an end to the fighting in Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê). Supporters of the Democratic Union Party  (PYD), on the other hand, gathered under the slogan »[Court‑]trial for the assassins of the Kurdish women activists«. In al‑Qamishli, one demonstration took place in each of the districts of al‑ʿAntariyah (organized by the Biratî, Rojava, Shaykh Maʿshuq and Martyr Farhad youth groups) and Munir Habib (organized by the Kurdish National Council), as well as at the Qasimo mosque in the western district (organized by the PYD). In ʿAmudah, three separate demonstrations took place, organized by the PYD, the Kurdish National Council, and various youth groups. In al‑Hasakah there were two demonstrations. Two demonstrations—one organized by the PYD and the other by the Kurdish National Council—took place in each of the cities of ad‑Darbasiyah, al‑Qahtaniyah (Tirbesipî), and ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî). The Kurdish National Council's weekly demonstrations in al‑Malikiyah and al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê) took place on Saturday, not on Friday. There were no protests in ʿAfrin, Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), or al‑Jawadiyah (Çil Axa), nor in the mainly Kurdish districts of Aleppo and Damascus.


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