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Factional differences | After differences between Ahrar al-Sharqiyah and 9th Corps, Rights Committee decide preventing members of looted houses

Aleppo countryside: SOHR activists have reported differences recently between Ahrar al-Sham faction on one side, and the 9th Corps on the other in Afrin city under control of the Turkish forces and the Turkish-backed National Army factions.
The differences rise when each faction has looted the properties of civilians and worked on kicking members of the other faction under pretext of restoring the houses to their owners or to their proxies.

But the main reason was each faction wanted to size the other factions looted houses.

According to SOHR the joint Rights Committee has interfered in settling disputes between the two factions and decided to prevent any member out of the houses to prevent escalation of disputes into armed clashes.

Yesterday, SOHR activists reported that militiamen of the Turkish-backed al-Mu’tassim Division assaulted, the staff of a local organization in “Staru” and “Jumaka” villages in Afrin countryside, north of Aleppo.

The division’s militiamen also attacked the cars of the organization’s envoy and smashed the cars’ windows and insulted members of the relief organization, after the organization’s staff rejected the conditions imposed by the group to share the relief assistance with Afrin residents.

On the other hand, “al-Jabha al-Shamiyyah” arrested, on September 16, a young man from Omar Oshaghi village in Rajo district, while he was on his way back to Afrin city, where the Front elements took him to Azaz city demanding his parents pay a ransom of 20 million SYL for releasing him.

Similarly, Sultan Murad faction arrested a civilian from Qurah Kuol village in Bulbul district for “collaborating with the Autonomous Administration”, where the faction’s members demanded a ransom of 400,000 SYL for releasing him.

SOHR activists also monitored the selling of several houses belonging to Afrin civilians, where a member of “al-Jabha al-Shamiyyah” sold a displaced Kurdish man’s house for 1,400 USD in al-Ashrafiyah neighborhood. Moreover, other member of al-Hamza Division took over a house of a civilian by force, despite filing official complaints by the house’s owner at the “Rights Restitution Committee”.

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