SDF commander Adnan Abu Amjad with his parents after freeing them from ISIS in Manbij city in northern Syria. Photo: ANHA

ARA News 

MANBIJ – The Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) commander of the Manbij Military Council, Adnan Abu Amjad, managed to free his own parents from militants of the Islamic State (ISIS), officials said on Tuesday.

“Every day our [SDF] forces are liberating hundreds of people,” said Salih Muslim, the co-chair of the Democratic Union Party (PYD). “Today, the commander of the SDF forces in Manbij freed his own parents in a special operation inside Manbij city,” he told ARA News. 

“Also, nearly 2,000 civilians were liberated from ISIS fist by the Syrian Democratic Forces in Manbij today,” the Kurdish official said.

Adnan Abu Amjad was unable to see his family for nearly two years, after Manbij city was taken by ISIS jihadis.

ISIS did not find out about Adnan Abu Amjad’s presence in the city of Manbij.

According to the SDF officer Mustafa Manbiji, their forces have special units to liberate civilians from ISIS.

“Our forces are divided in two parts: one to liberate the city of Manbij, the other to liberate civilians,” he told ARA News.

“Now every day we are liberating 100-200 civilians. Before this 1000s were liberated,” he said. “But the numbers of civilians left is not so much, just the small suburbs. When we reach there, we will liberate them too,” he added.

Thousands of Civilians Liberated 

On Saturday, the SDF freed some 3,000 civilians after making more advances against the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in the city of Manbij, the SDF leadership reported. 

Speaking to ARA News, the official spokesman of the SDF-led Manbij Military Council Sharvan Darwish said they have freed nearly 3,000 cvilians after their forces took control of the Al-Jazeera road in Manbij city in Syria’s northern Aleppo province. 

“Everyday we are liberating civilians who were trapped inside clashes districts and take them to safe areas,” he said.

“In the last few days our forces were able to release 500 to 1000 civilians per day, however today the number has increased after we liberated the Al Jazeera road,” the SDF official told ARA News.

ISIS militants have been using the trapped civilians as human shield in order to halt the advance made by SDF forces. The group has also killed dozens of people who tried to escape the city of Manbij. 

The Kurdish-led SDF forces accepted an initiative by the Manbij notable citizens to open a humanitarian corridor, but so far, ISIS did not respond to any initiative to free civilians stranded in the war-torn city.

“More than 70 per cent of Manbij is officially liberated. Our forces are now tightening the siege over the city. The ISIS militants will soon collapse in Manbij, and we are not far from liberating the city centre,” Darwish concluded.

Reporting by: Jan Muhammad and Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Source: ARA News

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