المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Demographic change in north Syria | Turkish government opens “Anadolu Culture Centre” in al-Bab

Aleppo province: SOHR sources have reported that the Turkish government has opened a culture centre dubbed “Anadolu Centre” in al-Bab city which is under the control of Turkish forces and factions of the “National Army” in eastern Aleppo. the city of al-Bab experienced security alertness this morning over the opening of the centre in the presence of officials of Turkish and Syrian organizations. It is worth noting that similar culture centres had been opened in Jarabulus and Afrin.

 

On May 14, SOHR sources reported that charities and organizations were working on building residential units for displaced persons in north-western Syria. Despite the positive side of these construction operations, they were considered a part of “demographic change” in the region by these charitable associations which were clearly supported by the Turks.

 

In this context, the Syrian Observatory activists reported that a charity called “Basma” was working on building a residential village in Shadir village in Sherawa countryside (Jabal Laylon) in Afrin countryside.

 

The association aimed to build 12 residential units consisting of 144 apartments in the first phase for the resettlement of families affiliated with pro-Turkey factions, particularly “Turkmen”.

 

The new village was built with support by the Kuwaiti-backed association of the “White Hands”, and it included the building of three-story-style apartments with each floor containing four apartments, in addition to building a mosque and a health center. The project also provides a drinking water, electricity, road and sewage networks.

 

It is worth noting that Afrin region is witnessing a significant presence of associations and organizations that build residential units for the displaced persons, while camps in Idlib are still covering large spaces of the province.

 

According to SOHR statistics, more than 270,000 people of the families belonging to factions loyal to Ankara, and the displaced persons from the countryside of Damascus, Rif Dimashq, Hama, Homs, Idlib, and western Aleppo, based on Turkish-Russian brokered deals, have been settled in houses and properties seized from their real owners in Afrin, while others have been settled in camps and makeshift camps near the city of Afrin, Muhammadiyah village in Jindires, Afraz village in Maabataly, cities of Rajo and Bulbul, villages of Kafr Janah Deir Sawwan.

 

Recently, the Turkish forces and factions have started the establishment of seven model villages for settling those displaced people coming from other provinces in light of the demographic change plans. The new villages are built by Turkish organizations, like the Disaster And Emergency Management (AFAD) and other Gulf countries. These villages are located in southern Shadirrah village, Sheikh Mohammed Mountain northern Kafr Safrah- Jindires, Ligah area between the two villages of Karmatlaq and Jiqla Tahtani, Shie/Shiekh al-Hadid near the hospital, and another mountainous site near the village of Hag Hasna- Jindires, and another site near the village of “Khalta”-Shirawa).

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