Syrian army troops block US convoy in Hasakah, force it to return
A US military convoy has been forced to retreat from an area in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah after government soldiers blocked it, amid public anger at the deployment of foreign forces in the oil-rich region.
Syrian army , deployed at a security checkpoint near the village of al-Damkhiya southwest of Qamishli city, blocked the road and prevented the passage of US armored vehicles travelling along the strategic M4 highway.
The American troops were subsequently forced to turn around and go back in the direction they came from. There were no reports of clashes or injuries.
The development came a few days after local residents of a village in the same Syrian province prevented a US military convoy from passing through the community.
Lebanon's al-Mayadeen television news network reported that a US convoy of four armored vehicles was forced to turn around and head back in the direction it came from after villagers in Hamu blocked the road and prevented it from passing.
The US military has illegally stationed forces and equipment in eastern and northeastern Syria, with the Pentagon claiming that the deployment is aimed at preventing the oilfields in the area from falling into the hands of Daesh terrorists.
Damascus, however, says the unlawful deployment is meant to plunder the country’s resources.
Anti-Turkey protests in Aleppo
Meanwhile, hundreds of people in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo staged a mass protest rally against the presence of Turkish occupation forces in the country.
Syria’s SANA news agency reported on Friday that residents of Tel Rifaat city, located roughly 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Aleppo, waved Syrian flags and held signs calling for the removal of Turkish troops and their allied Takfiri terrorists.
They also condemned the arbitrary measures of Turkish troops and their allies against Syrian citizens.
The participants underscored Syria’s territorial integrity, and stressed the need to confront attempts at fragmenting Syrian lands.
They said they are fairly confident about Syrian government forces’ determination to stand up against any act of aggression, and liberate every inch of the occupied territories.