Residents of Sinjar district in Northern Iraq on Friday took to the streets to protest against the ongoing clashes between the Iraqi army and the Sinjar Resistance Units (YBS), a Yazidi militia with ties to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
The demonstrators asked both the Iraqi army and YBS to cease fighting because the civilians were suffering a lot and thousands of families were forced to leave their homes already.
“The residents blocked Sinune road in the north part of Sinjar district and prevented Iraqi forces from entering the district,” NRT reported.
The demonstrators asked the Iraqi forces to leave the area and warned that they will continue protests until both “army and armed groups” leave the district.
“We demand the YBS, and Iraqi forces to withdraw their forces from the district and we don’t want any clash to erupt among the civilian populated areas,” NRT quoted one of the protesters.
The Iraqi military recently launched a comprehensive military operation to clear the Sinjar district of YBS forces and it continued for several days.
Hussein Klari, the Kurdish Interior Minister Crisis Unit said that the latest wave of violence led to the displacement of 4,083 people.
According to Klari, these people were given temporary shelter in Dohuk province in the Kurdistan region.
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