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The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Violations in Afrin | Turkish-backed factions continue looting olive crops and imposing levies

Turkish-backed factions continue their violations against the people of Afrin who have refused to leave the canton. Since Turkish forces captured Afrin canton, these factions have practiced various violations against the residents there on a daily basis, including looting, imposing levies, kidnapping, arresting, seizure of private properties and agricultural crops.

 

Moreover, the Turkish-backed factions’ violations also affected people who have been displaced from several Syrian territories to Afrin, according to Russian-Turkish agreements.

 

In this context, reliable SOHR sources have confirmed that the Turkish-backed factions continued looting olive crops belonging to residents in villages in rural Afrin in the north-western countryside of Aleppo.

 

In Maydan Ikbis, towns and villages in Ma’batli district and other areas in rural Afrin, the factions seized agricultural crops and imposed levies in return for allowing these areas’ residents to harvest their crops.

 

On October 12, reliable sources informed SOHR that members of a checkpoint of the Turkish-backed “Military Police” in the Turkish-controlled city of Afrin arrested a doctor, the director of a hospital and a person escorting them, while they were crossing the checkpoint.

 

According to SOHR sources, a verbal argument started between the doctor and the director on one hand, and members of the military police stationed at a checkpoint near the entrance of Afrin city on the other. The argument evolved in which the checkpoint’s members forced the doctor, the hospital’s director and the third person who was escorting them step out of the car and beat them brutally before the area’s residents.

 

Moreover, the Turkish-backed members shot the three persons at legs, before taking them to unknown destination. It is worth noting that the doctor and the hospital’s director have been displaced from eastern Ghouta.

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