المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

New murder in SDF-held areas | Civilian shoot dead another, retaliating for killing of his brother

Syrian Observatory actives say that a civilian shot another civilian dead in Rumaylah neighbourhood in al-Raqqah city, retaliating the killing of his brother who was shot dead in al-Mabrukah village in Ras al-Ain countryside for unknown reasons.

 

According to SOHR sources, the killer was hosted in another family’s house on August 14, but he opened fire on the house’s owner and his wife, before he escaped.

 

It is worth noting that people in most of the Syrian geography still practice tribal traditions, including retaliation and honour killing.

 

Yesterday, SOHR activists reported that a 21-year-old girl was shot dead by her brother known by his initials as K. A. in Sarmsakh Fuqani village in the SDF-held area of Ma’badah “Kirke Leke” in al-Hasakah countryside.

 

Local sources in the village reported that the woman ran away from her husband’s house and went to her parents’ house, asking for help and protection and demanding divorce from her husband; but her family refused and her brother shot her dead.

 

Local sources added that the woman’s parents forced her to marry her cousin at the beginning of March of 2021.

 

On July 1, SOHR activists reported that armed tribesmen killed a minor girl from their own tribe under the claim of “honor crime” after she had abandoned her home with her boyfriend who his proposals of marriage had been rejected several times by her family.

 

According to SOHR sources, the girl was killed by her cousin who had also proposed to marry her despite her refusal. The cousin chased the girl and her boyfriend and murdered the girl with the help of other gunmen, inside a house in al-Malikya countryside in north al-Hasaka, while the boyfriend managed to escape and hide in an unknown place.

 

SOHR activists obtained some videos recording the barbarian crime and the brutal way of shooting the girl by armed tribesmen using army weapons.

 

Local sources confirmed that the gunmen who took part in the crime published the video on purpose in order to announce cleansing the shame according to their tribal beliefs.

 

SOHR strongly denounces this horrible crime calling for bringing the perpetrators on charges of murder and publishing the videos under the name of “honor crime”.

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