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A few days after returning to Afrin | “Al-Jabha Al-Shamiyyah” arrests civilian from Jendires, while “al-Sham Corps” arrests another from Rajo

Aleppo province: SOHR sources have reported that a patrol of the Turkish-backed “Al-Jabha Al-Shamiyyah” has arrested a civilian from Dekei village of Jendires in Afrin countryside, three days after he had returned from areas under the control of Kurdish and regime forces in al-Shahbaa area in Aleppo countryside.

 

On the other hand, members of al-Sham Corps have arrested another civilian from Dudiyyah village of Ma’batli district in Afrin countryside, for unknown reasons.

 

On Monday, SOHR activists reported ongoing violations against the residents in Afrin city, as al-Jabhah Al-Shamiyah arrested a civilian from Rajo neighborhood in Afrin countryside, demanding his family pay a ransom to release him.

 

Earlier on that day, SOHR activists reported that a member of al-Sham Corps, known as “Abu Khalil”, assaulted a 74-year-old lady from Kawenda village of Rajo district in Afrin on July 4. the Turkish-backed militiaman hit the woman with a chair and insulted and abused her because she refused to pay the “protection levy.”

 

Turkish-backed al-Hamzah Division had imposed levies of 200 to 500 TL on residents of Kokaniyah village in Maabatly district in Afrin countryside north of Aleppo, under “protection taxes”. “Abu Sultan”, a commander in al-Hamza Division, informed the residents that they must pay these new levies, during a meeting in the house of the village’s mayor.

 

The commander warned the village’s residents that if they refused to pay, their properties would be subjected to thefts, then al-Hamza Division would be not responsible for protecting those properties.

 

It is worth noting that these new levies were not included in the previous “harvest olives’ season” or the annual taxes of 20% of the harvest, which the Local Council imposed on farmlands’ owners.

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