0149 GMT August 15, 2022
Protesters converged at Saadallah al-Jabiri Square at the heart of the provincial capital city of Aleppo, expressing strong resentment over deployment of Turkish troops and their allied militants to their area, according to Syria’s official news agency SANA.
The participants waved national Syrian flags and condemned Turkish soldiers and their allies over attacks against residential buildings and civilian infrastructure, demanding their withdrawal from Syria, Press TV reported.
A similar rally was also held in the city of Tell Rifaat, located roughly 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Aleppo, where participants lashed out at crimes being perpetrated by Turkish forces and their mercenaries against Syrian civilians.
They underscored Syria’s territorial integrity, and stressed the need to confront attempts aimed at occupation and fragmentation of Syrian lands.
The demonstrators also voiced their support for Syrian government forces’ battle to purge Syrian soil from foreign-sponsored terrorist groups.
The demonstrations come amid the Turkish government’s call for the establishment of a so-called safe zone in the occupied northern part of Syria.
Following a cabinet meeting on May 23, Turkish President Recep Tayyeb Erdogan said Ankara aims to resume its efforts to create a 30-kilometer “safe zone” along its border with Syria.
“We will soon take new steps regarding the incomplete portions of the project we started on the 30-kilometer deep safe zone we established along our southern border,” Erdogan said.
He has also urged NATO member states to support his country's efforts to establish a safe zone on the border with Syria.
Turkey has deployed forces in Syria in violation of the Arab country's territorial integrity.
Ankara-backed militants were deployed to northeastern Syria in October 2019 after Turkish military forces launched a long-threatened cross-border invasion in a declared attempt to push fighters of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) away from border areas.
Ankara views the US-backed YPG as a terrorist organization tied to the homegrown Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has been seeking an autonomous Kurdish region in Turkey since 1984.