المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Casualties and injuries in Azaz against the backdrop of the eruption of clashes between tribal gunmen against Menagh Military Council

Aleppo Province – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: in the wake of the continued security chaos within the areas of influence of the pro-Turkey factions in the northern countryside of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored that an armed clash erupted between “Ojayl Clan” against “Menagh Military Council” in Azaz city in the northern countryside of Aleppo, against the backdrop of disagreement between them due to the drugs dealing, where 3 persons of Ojayl Clan were killed in addition to the fall of 6 injuries in the ranks of the both parties.

And the Syrian Observatory published on the 31st of May 2019, that in the wake of the escalating security chaos and the continued violations against the Kurdish citizens by the pro-Turkey factions of operations “Olive Branch” and “Euphrates Shield”, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned from several reliable sources that gunmen of the Turkish-backed faction “Al-Hamzat Division”, forced by arms one of the residents in “Kukan” village which is related to Maabatli Township in Afrin countryside, to evacuate his house, and after the citizen refused, the gunmen beat him hard which injured him seriously, after that, the locals gathered near the citizen’s house and condemned the action, which met by the faction’s gunmen who opened fire directly at the locals which injured at least 6 of them including 2 women, local sources confirmed to the SOHR that the gunmen of “Al-Hamzat Division” are circling the village from all sides amid fears by the locals of storming the village and carrying out a campaigns of arrests against the residents who condemned the incident.

And the Syrian Observatory published yesterday the 29th of May 2019, that in the wake of the actions of killing, looting and thefts against the residents of Afrin city and its countryside and in the shadow of the continued security chaos in the areas of influence of the Turkish-backed factions of the operations “Euphrates Shield” and “Olive Branch”, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored that the residents of Jendires Township in Afrin countryside started a general strike represented by closing the residents their shops in a protest against the killing of a young man of the township’s people yesterday by indiscriminate gunfire as a result of an armed rivalry erupted in the middle of the residential neighborhoods between the faction of “Ahrar Al-Sham” on one hand against “Jaysh al-Sharqiyyah” on the other, and the Syrian Observatory published yesterday, that a new armed clash between pro-Turkish factions of the “Olive Branch” Operation Room, who control Afrin and its countryside northwest of Aleppo, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory: clashes took place In Jandairis town in Afrin countryside, between Ahrar al-Sham movement against Jaysh al-Sharqiyyah after a disagreement between both parties, which killed a civilian from Jandairis by random bullets due to the clashes, amid popular dissatisfaction in the area of the continued rivalry between “Olive Branch” factions, and the Syrian Observatory published yesterday that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that al-Jabha al-Shamiyyah faction of the Turkey-backed “Olive Branch” has imposed royalties on farmers who have agricultural machinery in Maabatli in the countryside of Afrin city, under the pretext of “repairing roads”, where the Royalty were imposed in Turkish currency which is the equivalent of more than 150$ US dollars, while leaders of groups of the same faction are forcing the farmers to pay percentage of the agricultural crops, such as grape leaves and cherry, in the same context, gunmen of “Olive Branch” sent a video to the family of one of the kidnapped people Badino village, where the kidnapped person appeared in the video after being subjected to severe torture, the kidnappers demanded that the family of the young man pay a ransom of 200000$ US dollars or they will kill him, it worth mentioning that the young man was kidnapped from his village in Afrin countryside in the first week of this month, and the Syrian Observatory published yesterday that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that “Al-Amshat” faction which operates under the umbrella of the Turkish-backed operation room of “Olive Branch”, has warned people displaced from Homs to Afrin and its countryside of evacuating their houses, where heavily armed members of the faction stormed houses in Afrin city and Sheikh Hadid Township and warned displaced people from Homs of evacuating the houses they live in, in order to accommodate displaced people from Hama according what the members of “Al-Amshat” said, and this incident comes in the frame of the continued violations by the factions of “Olive Branch” which affected both Afrin’s locals and the displaced people who have been brought to Afrin, and the Syrian Observatory published on the 24th of May 2019, that the daily violations are continuing against the residents of Afrin city and its outskirts by the Turkish-backed factions of “Olive Branch”, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned from reliable sources that the military police in Jendires Township in the countryside of Afrin city which operate under the umbrella of operation “Olive Branch”, have arrested one of the members of the Local Council in the township, without clarifying reasons where the party that arrested him, has handed him over to the Turkish forces in the area, and in the same context, the faction “Al-Hamzat Division” which operates within the operations “Olive Branch” and “Euphrates Shield”, have kidnapped 2 citizens in Shirawa township in Afrin countryside and accused them of dealing with the Autonomous Administration, and asked their families for paying money in return for releasing them, on the other hand, about 60 families from the displaced people of the Eastern Ghouta who have been settled by the pro-Turkey factions, have left Bibaka village which is related to Bulbul Township in Afrin countryside and headed to Idlib province in addition that some of the families returned to the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus due to the deteriorating living conditions and the continued security chaos within the areas under the control of the pro-Turkey factions in the northern countryside of Aleppo.

And the Syrian Observatory published on the 23rd of May 2019, the violations of the pro-Turkey factions are still continuing against the residents of Afrin city and its countryside, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented the death of a citizen from Sharran Township in the countryside of Afrin city in the north-western countryside of Aleppo, by gunmen from Azaz city about 2 weeks after he was kidnapped with his 11-year-old son as well as another citizen, and the body of the citizen was found dead with marks of torture on it in the area between the villages of Qastal Jendo and Arab Wayran in Sharran Township in Afrin countryside, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights; they were kidnapped by an armed group in Azaz city on the 13th of May 2019, and the kidnappers asked for a ransom amounting to 100000 US dollars each in return for releasing them, and this incident comes days after the armed group threatened to kill the kidnapped persons and hang their heads in the roundabout of Azaz city in the northern countryside of Aleppo, in the case that their relatives refused to pay the ransom, and the killed person was with his son and the other man in Azaz city for the purpose of trading and buying some items.

And the Syrian Observatory published on the 21st of May 2019, that violations are still continuing against the residents of Afrin city and its countryside, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored that gunmen affiliated to the factions of “Olive Branch” kidnapped an old man from Jendires town in the countryside of Afrin city, and sent a video to his family shows the torturing he was subjected to, while the kidnapper asked for a ransom amounting to USD 100000 in return for releasing him, and the Syrian Observatory published on the 19th of May 2019, that the violations continue against people of Afrin city and countryside by the Turkish Forces and factions of the “Euphrates Shield” supported by them, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that the Turkish Forces prevented people of Darwish village in Raju Township in the northwestern countryside of Aleppo; from returning to the village after factions of “Euphrates Shield” loyal to Turkey controlled it, and set up a military base in the village and made it a restricted military area, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 17th of May 2019 that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that factions from the Turkish-backed “Olive Branch” Operation -which controls Afrin city and its countryside in the northwestern countryside of Aleppo-, gathered the Mukhtars of Midanah villages of Raju township, requiring the Kurdish farmers through them to obtain a “permit” to harvest their land, while sources told the Syrian Observatory that the Arab farmers who have been displaced to the area were not asked to obtain a “permit” to harvest crops within the lands they had seized and belonged to citizens of Afrin; who were displaced to places outside of their areas, and the Syrian Observatory published yesterday that the remaining residents of Afrin city and its countryside continue to suffer, those who refused to displace after the Turkish Forces and their loyal Syrian factions controlled area located to the northwest of Aleppo about 14 months ago, these sufferings are embodied in lawlessness of the “Olive Branch” factions against the citizens, their property, and even their lives, where the violations by those factions continue all over Afrin and its countryside, and the Syrian Observatory monitored new cases of violations by the “Blood Branch” factions, where gunmen from Azaz city abducted a child and 2 men from the people of Jandairis in Afrin countryside, then the kidnappers sent a text message to the wife of one of the kidnapped persons demanding them to pay $100000 in exchange for releasing her husband on the pretext of “belonging to the party earlier and working for it”, while members from Soqur al-Shamal faction within the villages of Darwish, Sa’arin Jakka, and Droqelyou in Afrin countryside, the randomly cut olive trees in these villages, as part of their trade in firewood, where they sell the one ton at a price between 12000 to 15000 Syrian Lira, not to mention stealing the crops of grape leaf, also the Syrian Observatory learned that members of al-Hamzat faction which controls Shankal village in Bulbul Township, they rent the grape fields in the village for investors from outside the area for amounts of money up to $11000 US dollars, and they force the villagers to do the harvest.

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