Manbij civilians call for international aid as fighting escalates between SDF and ISIS


Civilians seen in Manbij countryside that has been liberated by SDF troops. Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

Abu Qalqal – Faruk al-Mashi, the co-head of the newly established Manbij city council, called on the international community to provide humanitarian aid to the displaced civilians who fled war-torn areas of Manbij–where the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been combatting ISIS militants for nearly two months. 

“We appeal to the UN and humanitarian organizations around the world to send us more help. Until now we have not received anything,” he told ARA News in his temporary office in Abu Qalqal town in Manbij countryside.

“We thank the Kobani administration, they are helping us with their limited potential, and send us relief supplies and food,” he said.

“We have a shortage in flour, children milk and medical supplies. We are looking forward to receiving assistance from the international community,” al-Mashi said.

Displaced civilians from Manbij in Abu Qalqal get daily rations of bread, benzene, and injured civilians are brought to the Kurdish city of Kobane for treatment.

But still civilians complain about the lack of aid. 

“We established our council in Abu Qalqal, and provide electricity to this town and the villages around it, but we have a shortage of electricity because of the airstrikes and the cuts in electricity wires,” the head of Manbij civilian council told ARA News.

“We activated the public services and hope to liberate our country,” he said. 

Abu Ahmed (70), a displaced Arab civilian from Manbij who spoke to ARA News in Abu Qalqal town, said: “There are no international organizations. Nobody gives us anything, and the United Nations seems completely unaware of our suffering here” he said.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Source: ARA News

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