Kurdish demonstration in front of Turkish Embassy protests Afrin offensive
Lebanon: A protest against the Turkish military operation in Syria’s Kurdish-held Afrin region was held in front of the Turkish Embassy in Metn’s Rabieh.
The Turkish offensive, dubbed “Operation Olive Branch,” began Saturday, pushing to clear YPG Kurdish militia fighters from Afrin.
The increasing death toll drew outrage from some 200 protesters gathered in front of the embassy, raising Kurdish flags and chanting statements against Turkey’s offensive, a security source told The Daily Star.
The U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, recorded 31 civilian deaths up to Thursday, victims of the Turkish aerial assault on the Kurdish enclave. The death count included 8 children and 4 women.
Internal Security Forces cut off the road about three kilometers from the embassy, redirecting traffic to a side road.
A group of people waving Y.P.G. and Kurdistan flags out the windows of three honking cars had to leave their vehicles behind and continue on foot to the embassy, approximately 25 minutes away.
Past the first blockade, a second checkpoint stood next to a parked Rabieh municipality car, where around 30 people waited. Municipal police and security units questioned protesters decked out in red, yellow and green - the colors of the Kurdish flag - before letting them pass.