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Al-Qamishli: Rally at the border crossing to Turkey

KURDWATCH, February 16, 2013—Ongoing fighting between the Free Syrian Army and government troops in the week from February 2 to 8, 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 Homs and Idlib. On February 8, demonstrators throughout the country took to the streets united under the slogan » And hold fast, all together, unto the bond with God, and do not draw apart from one another« and continued to demand the fall of the regime. As in recent weeks supporters of the Kurdish National Council demanded the recognition of the rights of the Kurds and the withdrawal of armed groups from Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê). Supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) gathered under the slogan »Cooperation of the Kurdish people«. In al‑Qamishli, one demonstration was organized 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). PYD supporters also organized a rally at the Turkish-Syrian border crossing in al‑Qamishli. During the rally, eleven trucks crossed the border loaded with relief supplies gathered by Kurdish organizations in Turkey. They were delivered to representatives of the Supreme Kurdish Committee. Three separate demonstrations took place in ʿAmudah, organized by the PYD, the Kurdish National Council, and various youth groups. There were two demonstrations in al‑Hasakah. Two demonstrations—one organized by PYD, the other by the Kurdish National Council—took place in each of the cities 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. The PYD also organized a demonstration in al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê) on Saturday. There were no protests in Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê) or al‑Jawadiyah (Çil Axa), nor in the Kurdish districts of Aleppo and Damascus.

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