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Afrin | SOHR reveals the identity of one of detained women from Afrin in Al-Hamza prisons, kidnapped after demanding the release of her husband

Aleppo Governorate – Syrian Observatory for Human Rights:

Reliable sources have revealed to the Syrian Observatory that a woman who disappeared months ago and was being held among the 11 female prisoners who were identified after appearing in the video while freeing them from Al-Hamza brigade’s prisons in Afrin area on May 29.

According to Observatory sources, the woman disappeared eight months ago, after she visited her husband, who was detained for two years in Azaz prison, north of Aleppo. She had demanded Turkish-backed factions the release of her husband. Her demand was met but after her disappearance, as the authorities released the husband 10 days after his wife disappeared, eight months ago. Her new place of detention remains unknown to date.

On May 29, SOHR sources reported that militants from rural Damascus freed detainees, including women from Afrin who had been held by Al-Hamza Division, from their headquarters after the Division’s gunmen were expelled.

The Syrian Observatory had obtained a video showing a number of women after being freed from the prisons of Turkish-backed factions in Afrin.

On the other hand, people from Damascus and countryside in the north of Syria issued a statement demanding the leadership of the “National Army” and the Turks remove all the headquarters of Al-Hamza Division from the city of Afrin, and hand over all those involved and be held accountable. They demanded a clarification why there were naked women in Al-Hamza prisons. The statement confirmed the presence of dozens of women inside the prison.

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