Anger continues in al-Mansoura town west of al-Raqqah after protests and Internal Security Forces impose a 72-hour curfew
Al-Raqqah Province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: the tension continues in al-Mansoura area in the western countryside, after the recent events, amid curfew in the town by the forces controlling it, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory: the tension continues to prevail in al-Mansoura town after a member of the Internal Security Forces “Asayish” killed a young man on a checkpoint at the entrance to al-Mansoura, which ignited anger among the people who expressed their dissatisfaction with the incident by protesting and setting fire to cars and a detachment belongs to the Internal Security Forces, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights received a copy of the statement issued by the Internal Security Forces “Asayish,” it says:
“al-Mansoura town of al-Tabaqa area witnessed this morning, Wednesday, the 23rd of January 2019, at 12 pm, and when members of the Internal Security Forces were performing their regular duties of checking and inspecting at the checkpoints and points; a person did not obey the instructions of members of the checkpoint, forcing a person to intervene, which injured the driver of the car with a gunshot that claimed his life, as a result, the town witnessed some unfortunate riots where some people attacked centers and checkpoints of the internal security forces which damaged property, destabilized the area, and terrified the people, and caused some cells in the area to move and ignite sedition, riots, and chaos, to weaken the people’s trust in the self-administration and the military and security forces, and as a result of these events and actions, and in order to preserve the security and stability of the area due to our duty to protect our people; the following is decided: our security and military forces will intervene directly against anyone who violates the laws and regulations and aims to destabilize the security of the area, imposing a 72-hour curfew starting from Thursday, 24/1/2019, all the people must abide by the issued instructions and cooperate with the security and military forces to impose security and stability in the area.”
The Syrian Observatory published yesterday that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored tension in al-Mansoura area in the western sector of al-Raqqah countryside, against the backdrop of demonstrations and protests by residents in the town after killing a person at the entrance of the city, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: a person was killed in shooting at the entrance of Mansoura town, where residents of the town confirmed to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that the Internal Security Forces “Asayish” shot a young man from J’eidin village while they were pursuing him, and they shot him directly which killed him and agreed residents of the town, where residents of the town and the family of the man, where the family of the young man and people of the town carried out civil disobedience, demonstration, and protest against the killing of the young man by Asayish, where the residents attacked one of the detachments of the forces controlling the town and set it on fire, they also closed Aleppo – Al-Raqqah roads, and gathered around one of the headquarters in the town, and set fire to a number of cars and vehicles in the town, in conjunction with bringing reinforcements by the Asayish forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces to the town, and hearing the sounds of intense gunfire, intersected sources confirmed that they were caused by gunfire of the reinforcements in the air, in an attempt to disperse the protesters.
Reliable sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that movements are taking place in an attempt to contain the situation, at a time when the people demand the holding the killers accountable and bring them to the court to get their punishment, also the people demanded the Asayish Forces and the forces in control of the area to stop prosecution the people, which is often cause casualties if there are charges against a person, or if they pursue the people for the conscript, during the shootings of those fleeing the patrols in the city, and the Syrian Observatory monitored the notables of the area trying to calm the situation and get promises to hold accountable those who killed the young man, who is from al-Bo Khamis clan located in the area within the western sector of al-Raqqah countryside.