Syrian Arab Republic
The General Political Committee for the City of Manbij and its Countryside
Statement issued from the Political Committee in the City of Manbij and its Countryside
“Save the rest from the siege”
Since late May 2016 the city of Manbij has been subject to a hateful siege as a result of the occurring confrontation between the Democratic Union Party PYD represented in its military wing “People’s Protection Units” backed by the forces of the International Coalition, and the “Daesh” organisation which occupies the city of Manbij since the beginning of the year of 2014, whereby the People’s Protection Units is besieging the city from its four directions [sides], whilst the Daesh organisation is not allowing civilians to leave the city, the matter which has increased in the suffering of the civilian population whose numbers reach approximately 250,000 individuals, as well as the prevailing atmosphere of fear of death which is threatening them from everywhere as a result of the mines and [planted] bombs and the snipers and the plane shells [all of] which reach them from every direction, and so their suffering becomes multiplied in light of the loss of most of the causes of life from the city, whereby to add to the severe scarcity of water and electricity most of the other life staples are almost completely absent such as baby milk and medicine and other nutritional supplies and vegetables and combustibles [fuels], the matter that forewarns of a humanitarian disaster which is on the verge of ravaging the lives of thousands of citizens.
As we also direct [a call] to all the Human Rights and Humanitarian bodies and organisations and scream to every live conscience in the world to contribute to the lifting of the death and the suffering from this city which has been afflicted by an assembled siege [put together] whose scope is the increase of suffering day after day.
The Political Committee in the city of Manbij and its countryside directs [a call] to all the governmental agencies in the international community and in particular the governments participating in the Coalition forces and asserts to them that your interests which you seek to achieve in this war has victims and these are the deaths of defenceless civilian citizens and not terrorists, and at the time which you proclaim fighting the terrorism of Daesh you are in this method and with these followed [adopted] mechanisms only participating in terrorism towards the rights of the citizens which is not any less insulting to human dignity than the terrorism of Daesh.
We are calling everyone to immediate action and to work for the entry of the necessary substances for citizens such as food and medicine and fuel, as we also call call upon everyone to take every form of pressure on the combating sides to neutralise [safeguard] the civilians from the ghost of death which they face.
The Political Committee in the city of Manbij and its Countryside