المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

The most violent fighting in Afrin witnesses violent participation by the Turkish forces after the factions’ failure in putting an end to the situation and the fierce fighting leaves 25 casualties in the ranks of the both parties

Aleppo Province – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the continued violent fighting between Shuhada’a al-Sharqiyyah Gathering on one hand, against the Turkish forces and fighters of the rebel and Islamic factions operating under the banner of the “Olive Branch” forces on the other, in areas in the neighborhoods of Al-Villat and Al-Mahmudiyah in Afrin city, which has been controlled by the Turkish forces and the factions since the 19th of March 2018, and the Syrian Observatory monitored that the violent clashes were accompanied by shelling which targeted headquarters of Shuhada’a al-Sharqiyyah Gathering, and the operation is coincided with the curfew imposed in the area, and information was received about the cessation of clashes for a short time in order to allow the residents of the area where the clashes are taking place, to leave their homes.

The Syrian Observatory monitored that Turkish tanks and heavy vehicles have entered the battle front against Shuhada’a al-Sharqiyyah, where the intersected sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory that the Turkish forces, and after the failure of the factions in ending the situation with Shuhada’a al-Sharqiyyah Gathering, entered strongly on the clash line and brought armored vehicles and heavy weapons, which the forces used for shelling the headquarters of Shuhada’a al-Sharqiyyah Gathering and their vicinities, and the clashes caused material damage and the break out of fire in several houses in the neighborhoods of Al-Villat and Al-Mahmudiyah, and resulted in the fall of casualties in the ranks of the both parties, where it rose to 25, the number of fighters of the both parties who were killed in this fighting which is the most violent one in 8 months of control of the Turkish forces and the forces of the “Olive Branch” Operation over Afrin city, where the SOHR monitored the death of 14 fighters of Shuhada’a al-Sharqiyyah while the rest are fighters of the attacking factions, amid information about the death of Turkish soldiers in this fighting, the fighting also resulted in the fall of a number of wounded and there is information about civilian casualties.

And the Syrian Observatory published hours ago, that reliable sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory that the operation aroused the dissatisfaction of the residents and inhabitants of the city, of its original people, displaced people, and those who were resettled there, as a result of the curfew that has been taking place since the evening of Saturday, the 17th of November 2018, and the bloody fighting, where the Turkish Forces and the factions working under their command are working to cancel Shuhada’a al-Sharqiyyah faction, which involved earlier in the clashes alongside the Turkish Forces and the factions during the process of controlling Afrin area, which was launched by Turkish orders on the 20th of January 2018 until the 19th of March 2018, while the heaviest clashes are concentrated in the middle of Afrin city in al-Villat Street and al-Mahmudiya area, following the state of alert and tensions in the city over the last night, while the SOHR received confirmed information about casualties in the ranks of both parties due to these clashes, and the Syrian Observatory published yesterday evening that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored a state of cautious calm and anticipation prevailing Afrin city, which is controlled by the Turkish forces and the factions operating within Operation “Olive Branch”, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights; the Turkish forces ordered to impose a complete curfew over the citizens and military personnel of fighters and members of the factions operating in the city, and the Syrian Observatory monitored that the calm was accompanied by alertness inside the headquarters of the rebel and Islamic factions, along with news about a sweeping and searching campaign by the Turkish special task forces in Afrin city, where there is information about preparations for raiding headquarters of Shuhada’a Al-Sharqiyyah Gathering most of whose fighters are descended from Deir Ezzor province, which handed over its weapons days ago after its objection to the Turkish orders, according to what Abu Khawla -the faction’s commander- declared, amid communication interruption in the city.

The Syrian Observatory published on the 27th of October 2018, that it monitored that the leader of the faction Shuhada’a Al-Sharqiyyah Gathering operating in the north-eastern sector of Aleppo countryside, announced the dissolution of his faction which is composed more than 800 members, and intersected sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory that in addition to the reasons that have been mentioned by the leader of the faction Shuhada’a Al-Sharqiyyah known as “Abu Al-Khawlah”, of thefts, abductions and killing operations that are attributed to the faction, the faction was subjected to harassments and other process of clamping down on it by the Turkish authorities and factions close to Turkey, also previous attempts was carried out against the faction to impose a siege on it as well as threatening it of detention, until the leader of the faction dissolved Shuhada’a Al-Sharqiyyah Gathering and handed over the vehicles and weapons to the military justice in Aleppo countryside, the faction’s leader also previously rejected to comply with Turkish orders not to fight against the regime forces and their allies in the north-eastern countryside of Aleppo, and Abu Al-Khawlah showed his objection which was represented by fighting that took place between his faction against the regime forces in Tadef area, and the Syrian Observatory published on the 9th of November 2018, that the residents of Afrin area who remained in it, are still living a real tragedy in the wake of the ongoing violations against them, by the Turkish-backed factions of the Operation “Olive Branch”, or by armed gangs that devastated their livelihood, their property and their lives, in which the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored a new violation against the residents of Afrin, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights; unidentified gunmen stormed today morning, Friday the 9th of November 2018, the house of a Kurdish citizen in Burj Abdallu village on the countryside of Afrin area, they tied the man with his wife and stole a sum of money and jewelry from them, but the gunmen were not content with the theft, they killed the man’s mother who is an elderly woman, where the gunmen strangled her to death, the SOHR also monitored that a faction close to Turkey and operating in Afrin city, arrested an activist who has been displaced from the Eastern Ghouta, amid fears of handing over the activist who was on a photography tour in Afrin city, to the Turkish forces.

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