Manbij Liberated from ISIS, Residents Celebrate

تم نشره في Sat 13 August / Aug 2016. 12:00 AM
  • A woman from Manbij hugs a female SDF fighter after the city was liberated - (Reuters)
  • One happy Manbij evacuee could be seen having his beard cut off - (Reuters)

CAPITALS — Residents in the northern Syrian city of Manbij, close to the Turkish border, have been celebrating new freedoms after being liberated from the rule of so-called Islamic State, ISIS, by the Democratic Syria Forces of Kurdish and Arab fighters who fought 73 days to drive ISIS forces out.

They have poured into the streets enjoying basic rights they had been denied for two years, including shaving off their beards and smoking.

About 2,000 civilians being used as human shields were also freed.

Reuters news agency spoke to a resident of Manbij who described a spot where people were beheaded. "For anything or using the excuse that he did not believe [in God], they put him and cut his head off. It is all injustice," he said.

"I feel joy and [it is like a] dream I am dreaming. I cannot believe it, I cannot believe it. Things I saw no one saw," a woman said screaming and fainting, according to Reuters.

Another woman thanked the fighters that had set them free: "You are our children, you are our heroes, you are the blood of our hearts, you are our eyes. Go out, Daesh [Arabic name for ISIS]!"

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) coalition includes the powerful Kurdish YPG militia. They were backed in their campaign against Daesh by US-led air strikes on ISIS positions.