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Conflict Incident Report

Kurds protest Turkish Afrin offensive outside Russian Embassy in Beirut

Date of incident: 
January 22, 2018
Death toll: 
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Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians
Internal Security Forces (ISF)

Roughly a thousand Kurds held a demonstration near the Russian Embassy in Beirut’s Corniche al-Mazraa to protest the incursion of Turkish troops into Syria’s Kurdish-held Afrin region.

A security source told The Daily Star that the protest had “choked” traffic in the area, and that Internal Security Forces personnel had positioned themselves to prevent any attempt by protesters to enter the embassy.

The choice by the Kurdish protesters to target the Russian Embassy is likely due to perceived Russian complicity in the Turkish offensive – dubbed “Operation Olive Branch,” and now three days old – on the Kurdish-held region of northern Syria that borders Turkey.

Turkish forces and their Syrian rebel allies began their push to clear YPG Kurdish militia fighters the northwestern enclave on Saturday, opening a new front in Syria's civil war despite calls for restraint from the United States.

Turkish air raids killed 11 civilians in the area on Sunday, including eight members of the same family who had fled fighting elsewhere, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

This security incident was mapped according to the closest possible location.
Primary category: 
Collective Action [inc. protests, solidarity movements...]
Secondary Category: 
Military/Security Forces Deployment
Classification of conflict (primary): 
Conflicts of social discrimination
Violent and unjust treatment of different categories of people and individuals based on race, age, gender or sexuality, committed by the State, groups and individuals, related to a lack of protection and rights, inefficiency of the Justice system and persisting social and economic vulnerabilities.