Theft of displaced people's properties in Afrin | Ankara-backed gunmen cut down over 400 olive trees in Bulbul area in countryside • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Theft of displaced people’s properties in Afrin | Ankara-backed gunmen cut down over 400 olive trees in Bulbul area in countryside

Aleppo Province – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights:

Since Turkish forces and their proxy factions captured Afrin city and its surrounding areas in March 2018, under the name of operation “Olive Branch”, violations against the people of Afrin have been ongoing by Ankara-backed factions, led by the “National Army” factions, including campaigns of arrests of civilians on various charges, as well as theft of properties of people who have been displaced by the military operations, and those who chose to stay in their area.

In this context, the Syrian Observatory sources have reported that militants of the Turkish-backed “Hawks of al-Sham” faction cut off more than 400 olive trees in an agricultural orchard in the village of Qazlbash in Bulbul district in Afrin countryside in north-west Aleppo, which belonged to a civilian of the region, who has been displaced by the military operations.

Two days ago, SOHR sources said that violations against the people of Afrin are no longer limited to military factions of the so-called “National Army”, but have become practiced by councils and civil bodies.

In this context, local sources from inside the city of Afrin, which is under the control of Turkish forces and proxy factions, have informed SOHR that the Turkish-backed local councils have issued a public decision, suspending all power of attorneys issued by the Syrian regime’s departments by displaced people from Afrin, who were forced to flee their areas as a result of operation “Olive Branch”, and lived in regime-held areas. The power of attorneys were issued by displaced people from Afrin to their relatives who chose to stay in the city of Afrin and its surrounding areas to manage their properties.

Local councils required residents to issue power of attorneys from Turkey or European countries so that can be recognized. With this unannounced decision, the relatives of the displaced persons from Afrin will not be able to manage the properties of their relatives, and all property belonging to the displaced people will be under the management of the Turkish-backed cvil councils. As well as properties, including shops, houses and land controlled and entirely managed by Turkish-backed factions, mostly belonging to the displaced people of Afrin.