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Protests against Turkish-backed local councils in northern Syria expand over bad services

Protests in the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army areas in northern Syria broke out due to the deteriorating services offered by some local councils, including electricity provided by a Turkish power company.
A picture shows an aerial view of the town of al-Bab in a rebel-held area in the north of Aleppo province on July 16, 2020.
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ALEPPO — Areas under control of the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the northwestern countryside of Aleppo are struggling amid deteriorating basic services, including electricity, thus pushing dozens of angry citizens to protest and demand local councils assume their responsibilities in providing services to al-Bab and Azaz.

Dozens of protesters took to the streets of Azaz Aug. 23, condemning the deteriorating services and tough living conditions amid the long and repeated power cuts across neighborhoods. Protesters chanted against the local council in Azaz and its countryside and called on the council to resign. They also carried banners demanding improved services and living conditions, and they called on the local council to sack the Turkish company AK Energy that operates in the city due to the repeated power cuts in Azaz.

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