„Around 70 per cent of the Syrian city of Manbij has been wrested back from Isis control after a sustained offensive by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the last few days. Isis soldiers had been forced to retreat into the city’s old quarter, thanks to the ground efforts of the SDF banner forces of majority Kurdish fighters, helped by US coalition air strikes, Reuters reported. While thousands of civilians are thought to have fled in the fighting, and there are worries for their safety while the coalition airstrikes continue, there has been at least some relief for the city’s long-suffering inhabitants.
Kurdish TV news video reportedly filmed in Manbij over the weekend has emerged which shows SDF members explaining their offensive has successfully liberated around 3,000 people. (…) Joyful women and girls in the town are also seen burning the black cloth they were made to wear under threat of punishment. Clapping and cheering, they gather around a woman who sets fire to a niqab with a lighter, before others join in“.
(Bethan McKernan: „Syrian women are burning niqabs after being liberated from Isis“)
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