Turkish-backed opposition continues looting in Syria’s Sere Kaniye, though UN report
QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) –Human Rights sources said on Friday that Turkish-backed armed opposition groups continue looting and raiding civilians territories in the countryside of Sere Kaniye (Ras Ain) north east Syria.
Turkish forces and their proxy groups are still continuing their violations in “Peace Spring” areas in both Hasakah and Raqqa countriside, against the remaining indigenous residents with the purpose of forcing them to displace from these areas, according to Syrian Observatory Human Rights
Opposition trucks have been transferring looted items from civilians’ houses for three constant days in villages of Sere Kaniye, Syrian Observatory Human Rights quoted a local source.
Activists said that members of the Turkish-backed groups stormed several houses in Gatouf village in the southern countryside of Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain), in Hasakah countryside, arresting five young people for “dealing and communicating with SDF”.
They transferred firewood and fodder in addition to other items from many villages towards Sere Kaniye.
Meanwhile, armed opposition groups, affiliated with Turkey, raided villages in there held areas in the countryside of Sere Kaniye.
UN investigation Committee report for Syria documented last week committed war crimes by the Turkish-backed opposition groups in the Kurdish-led areas north Syria.
The UN report accused The Turkish-backed Syrian National Army of committing war crimes, represented by hostage-taking, cruel treatment, torture, rape, and looting civilians’ territories,” Paolo Pinheiro, head of the committee, said in a press statement.
During the raid, armed opposition groups confiscated civilians’ cell-phones, under the pretext that they use them in order to contact the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), according to the sources.
Turkish Army and the Turkish-backed armed opposition groups took control of the cities of Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain) and Gire Sipi (Tel Abyad) and their surrounding countryside in October of 2019.
Since then, residents in the region have reported many human rights abuses, including theft, looting, assault, kidnapping and murder.