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ʿAmudah: Sharpshooters prevent rallies

KURDWATCH, July 12, 2013—Ongoing fighting between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and government troops in the week from June 29 to July 5, 2013 resulted again in numerous dead and injured. On July 5, demonstrators throughout the country demanded the fall of the regime. They gathered under the common slogan »Be vigilant, oh battalions«. In al‑Qamishli, two demonstrations took place—one in the district of al‑ʿAntariyah (organized by various youth groups), the other in Munir Habib (organized by the Kurdish National Council). Both demonstrations called for the condemnation of those responsible for the deaths in ʿAmudah on June 27 [further information on the case]. The demonstrations took place without any confrontations. However, due to the tense situation, the Kurdish National Council did not organize any other demonstrations in the Kurdish regions. For the first time since the beginning of the protests more than two years ago, there were also no demonstrations in ʿAmudah. Fighters for the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) had erected numerous checkpoints and posted sharpshooters on rooftops, including on the minaret of the Great Mosque.

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