0920 GMT April 23, 2021
Syria’s official news agency SANA reported that people converged in front of the Justice Palace in the provincial capital city of Hasakah as well as the Cultural Center in the Kurdish-populated city of Qamishli on Tuesday to denounce the US air raid on a Syrian Army checkpoint in Tal Dhahab area the previous day.
The demonstrators demanded support for Syrian Army forces, and popular resistance against the presence of occupying US forces – who violate Syrian sovereignty and steal the country’s national wealth – to force them out of their regions.
The participants also chanted slogans in condemnation of deployment of the illegal US and Turkish troops to Syria, and demanded vigorous actions against their violations and arbitrary practices.
Tribal leader Sheikh Mizar al-Musalat pointed out that the deadly US airstrike is a flagrant act of aggression against the Syrian nation and defenders of the homeland.
“We say to the American occupiers that their presence on the Syrian soil will not last long, and that they will be defeated sooner or later. The army will purge Syrian territories of their existence and terrorism,” he said.
Sheikh Abd al-Wahhab al-Issa, another tribal leader, also denounced the US airstrike as a “blatant violation that adds to the American occupiers’ long list of crimes, including plunder of crude oil, setting agricultural crops on fire and attempts to starve the Syrian nation by means of the so-called Caesar Act.”
Moreover, Archbishop Mar Maurice Amsih stressed that the US attack on the Syrian Army checkpoint is an action “aggression and treachery that could have been expected from the occupying US forces”.
Since late October 2019, the US has been redeploying troops to the oilfields controlled by Kurdish forces in eastern Syria, in a reversal of President Donald Trump’s earlier order to withdraw all forces from the Arab country.
The Pentagon claims the move aims to “protect” the fields and facilities from possible attacks by Daesh. That claim came although Trump had earlier suggested that Washington sought economic interests in controlling the oilfields.