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Qamishli residents call for removal of US, Turkish occupation forces from Syria

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Image shows Syrians protesting in Qabba Zeki village, in the suburb of Qamishli, Hasakah province, on September 18, 2020. (Photo by SANA)

Syrians in northern Hasakah province have staged protest against US and Turkish occupation of the Arab country.

Syria’s SANA news agency reported on Friday that residents from Qabba Zeki village in the suburb of Qameshli district waved Syrian flags and held signs calling for the removal of the occupation forces from the country.

“Long live free Syria and its leader, President Bashar al-Assad,” read the signs.

Syrians have been long protesting the occupation of their country by Turkish and US forces, occasionally leading to violent standoffs with occupying forces and their allies.

The developments come against the backdrop of a long timeline of events ever since Syrian forces were able to liberate most of Syria from foreign-back terrorists, which had once taken over most of the country.

Washington and Ankara have consequently both stepped up military intervention to prevent the Syrian government from fully restoring its control over the country.

Damascus has vowed to completely liberate Syria, including the Idlib province, which remains the last major bastion for foreign-backed Takfiri terrorists.

Over the last year, Turkey has enforced terrorist forces in the province with heavy military hardware and thousands of Turkish troops.

In March, Russia and Turkey came to an agreement on a ceasefire regime in Idlib when a spike in Turkish intervention against the Syrian government risked escalating into a large-scale war.

Speaking on Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, however, said that Ankara was “delaying to honor its commitments” under the March agreement.

Russia and Turkey had set up joint patrols in the province to implement the ceasefire.

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