Turkey wants to turn occupied territories into new Iskenderun

The Co-Chair of the Executive Council in the city of Manbij and its countryside, Mohamed Khair Sheikho, affirmed that the Turkish state is pursuing the Turkification policy and forcing civilians in the occupied areas to deal in the Turkish currency in order to impose its hegemony on the region, occupy it and change its demographics.

During an interview conducted by Hawar news agency with the Co-Chair of the Executive Council in the city of Manbij and its countryside, Mohamed Khair Sheikho, he said: "The Turkish occupation imposed dealing in the Turkish currency in the occupied areas instead of dealing in the Syrian pound, in addition to raising the Turkish flag over the region."

Sheikho added: "The Turkish state also entered the Turkish educational curricula into schools in the occupied territories and imposed them on the people."

Sheikho noted: "All this brings to mind what the Turkish government followed in the areas of Iskenderun in the past, as it imposed the Turkification policy step by step until it took over the area, ignoring that Iskenderun is a Syrian land originally."

Sheikho continued: "In 1939, the Syrian Iskenderun was annexed to Turkish lands through agreements and treaties concluded with the French occupation of Syria, and currently the Turkish state, through its fascist policy, is practicing the same approach."

Sheikho also linked the Turkish state's Turkification policy in the occupied territories to the French mandate over regions in Syria, where the French occupation followed the same policy by teaching the French language, raising the French flag over Syrian lands, and imposing dealing in the French currency.

On behalf of the Democratic Civil Administration in Manbij and its countryside, Sheikho said: "We reject these Turkish interventions and actions regarding Syrians because the lands occupied by Turkey are Syrian lands, and the privacy of these areas, their culture, language, education and currency must be preserved."

Sheikho concluded his speech by saying: "The regions of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria still maintain dealing in the Syrian currency, stressing that the Administration will continue to preserve the Syrian language, education and currency, out of faith in the unity of the Syrian territories."



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