Shopkeepers in NW Syria stage strike over YPG/PKK abuse

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Shopkeepers in Manbij, a YPG/PKK-held city in northwestern Syria, staged a strike on Sunday to protest the forced recruitment of dozens of youngsters by the terror group since early May.

Local sources on the ground, requesting anonymity due to security concerns, told Anadolu Agency that a complete shutdown was observed and businesses remained closed.

In April, the YPG/PKK terror group announced that those aged 18-30 should join the organization till May 5, warning them of torture and brutality if they do not surrender. After the deadline was over, the terror group began to recruit the youngsters forcefully.

The terrorists also killed two siblings in January.

The terror group captured Manbij, west of the Euphrates River, in August 2016 with support of the U.S.

The YPG/PKK is Syrian branch of the PKK terrorist network, which has waged war against Turkey for more than 30 years.

Listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU, the PKK has been responsible for the death of some 40,000 people.

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