The last ones to make it in were thousands of supporters, coming from Rojava and Bashur, and Syrian and Iraqi Kurdistan. Two caravans arrived on Monday to bring concrete assistance.
Shortly after, Afrin was surrounded on all sides, and the siege began. In the main city of the Kurdish-Syrian district, which is the target of the Turkish “Olive Branch” military operation, there are 350,000 people (out of a million in the district overall), half of whom have been displaced from other parts of Syria.
Running from Raqqa, Aleppo, Idlib and elsewhere, they had found refuge here, only to now find themselves prisoners in yet another war. This war is being fought by all-too-similar actors, headed by Turkey, which ever since 2011 has been funding and supporting, more or less directly, the forces of the opposition to the government in Damascus, whether “moderate” or Islamist.