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The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

As a part of their continuing violations in northeastern Syria, Ankara-backed factions loot wheat and barley stocks from Tal Abyad and Suluk silos and transfer them to Turkey

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights obtained, today, new details about violations committed by Turkish forces and allied factions within areas under their control as part of the military operation “Peace Spring”. According to information obtained by the Syrian Observatory, the Turkish-backed factions are still stealing wheat and barley crops from the silos of “Tal Abyad” and “Suluk”. Reliable sources said:”M.Z.” the leader of Ahrar Al-Sharqiyah faction, “T.H.”- the brother of head of the local council for Tel-Abyad- and several others, bought the stolen crop from Tal Abyad and Suluk silos from the Leadership of the Al Jabha Al Shamyyiah, Jaysh al-Islam and Ahrar al-Sharqiyah, and transferred them to pre-equipped warehouses near from Al-Blu Fuel Station.”

According to the sources, the grain is sold to traders linked to”B.K.”, who is listed on the international sanctions regulations. One of these merchants was identified as “A.S.”, a well-known merchant in Raqqa city, in cooperation with “T.H.” and “A.F.”, where the first owns warehouses in the west of Abbas gas station in Faraja village – Tal Abyad countryside.” The sources continued: “There is also a second huge collection point belonging to the (N.H.) and a number of his relatives who use the area west of the roundabout of the new court to store stolen crops led by Al Jabha Al Shamyyiah faction.”

According to information obtained by SOHR, the silos of “Al Dehliz” in Suluk contained 11,400 tons of wheat, while the silos of “Al Sakhrat”, located in the south of Tal Abyad, contained 11,000 tons of wheat. The sources added: “There are also 26,000 tons of barley inside the both silos, as well as silos (Shirkrak) located in the north of Raqqa, which contain 9,000 tons of wheat and 11,000 tons of barley.”

Reliable sources confirmed that these quantities are being transported to Turkey, after “large quantities of “Al Dehliz” silos located in Suluk town and Al Sakhrat silos located south of Tel Abyad been transported, and a quantity of them were stored in Tal Abyad’s warehouses, after the decision to impose curfew in the so-called “Peace Spring” areas”. The sources continue: According to reliable information, the curfew includes a ban on vehicles crossing the roads except for ambulances. The local council of Tel Abyad transports grain and cotton from silos by orders, without mentioning where it will be transferred, and the head of the so-called “Local Council of Tel Abyad” said earlier, that it was decided to impose a curfew in “Tel Abyad” and “Suluk” town for “security imperatives”, from 11 p.m. until 5:00 a.m.

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