Life returns in Tel Abyad after liberation from ISIS

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Civilians clear a main street in Tel Abyad city that was liberated from ISIS militants less than two months ago. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Tel Abyad, Syria – After less than two months of the liberation of Tel Abyad city in northern Raqqa from militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) by the Kurdish forces, the residents held a conference and established a House of Notables that included public figures and tribal leaders from different social components in the city. 

The newly established body aims to found civil institutions to run the city which suffered destruction and displacement at the hands of ISIS militants. 

Speaking to ARA News in Tel Abyad, Omar Alloush, member of the newly founded House of Notables in the city, said: “The House of Notables in Tel Abyad includes representatives of all social components, whether Armenians, Kurds, Arabs or Turkmen.” 

“The council (House of Notables) nominated 16 members to provide citizens with basic needs and services.We will work on establishing a local committee to run the service sector in Tel Abyad,” he said

Sarkis Kyork, an Armenian member of Tel Abyad’s House of Notables, said: “People of Tel Abyad aspire for the return of life to the city as it used to be before the invasion of ISIS terrorists and other Islamist groups.”

“We also look forward to the return of the displaced families to their homes to make of Tel Abyad an example for social coexistence in Syria,” Kyork told ARA News.  

Reporting by: Redwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

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