Arrested while attempting to cross to Turkey | Military police release seven women held for days in Raju prison, after threats by their relatives
Aleppo Province – Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: SOHR sources have reported that the military police in Raju in Afrin have released seven women, who were held for five days in Raju prison after being arrested while they were smuggling themselves to Turkey in Bolbol district in Afrin countryside.
The release of the women comes after the “Revolution Activists Association in Homs” has issued a statement demanded the release of the women in no more than 24 hours, or the association’s activists would stage a demonstration denouncing the military police’s “inappropriate” practices.
It is worth noting that commanders of the Turkish-backed factions and dignitaries displaced in Afrin have mediated to set the women free.
On March 8, reliable sources informed SOHR that a faction close to the Turkish Intelligence refused to hand over the body of an elderly man from Afrin, who had died under torture in the faction’s prison on Saturday, to the victim’s family.
According to SOHR sources, the man was buried in a graveyard in Maydan Ikbis in Raju district, without allowing any of the old man’s family to attend the funeral contrary to the region’s traditions, so that the faction would ensure that no pictures of the marks of torture would be leaked to public. The man’s family had been informed of his death on Saturday, and that his body would be delivered to them. However, members of the faction, which is close to the Turkish Intelligence, themselves buried the man without holding an Islamic funeral according to Sharia.
Two days earlier, SOHR sources confirmed that Turkish-backed factions toured a man in his seventies from Afrin to death. The victim had been arrested by a faction close to Turkish Intelligence, on March 3, from his house in Maydan Ikbis town for “dealing with the Autonomous Administration”.
According to SOHR sources, the faction’s members took the old man to a prison in Afrin city, and there were marks of torture on his body after his death.