Tausende haben in mehreren Städten der Region Idlib gegen die drohenden Angriffe der syrischen Regierung protestiert. Dabei kam es zu einer Polarisierung: die Mehrheit der Bevölkerung demonstrierte unter den Parolen der FSA und unterstützt die jihadistische HTS nicht.
Activists told Al Jazeera that Friday’s demonstrations took place in more than two dozen towns and villages in Idlib, a northwest province that is home to more than three million people.
One of the biggest demonstrations was held in the city of Maarat al-Nouman in central Idlib province, where an estimated 25,000 people, including civilians from neighbouring villages and towns, gathered after Friday prayers, according to local sources.
„We want to send a message to the rest of the world that we are just an oppressed people who want freedom,“ said Mahmoud Harkawi, 36, who works in a printing house in Maarat al-Nouman.
He said the rally was organised by the city council and a number of local activists.