To avoid arrest | Al-Amshat commander uses women as human shields in Afrin • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

To avoid arrest | Al-Amshat commander uses women as human shields in Afrin

Aleppo province: SOHR activists have reported that a commander of al-Sultan Sulaiman Shah “al-Amshat” has kept several women inside his security headquarters in Jinderes to use them as human shields to avoid being arrested by the Military Police and 3rd corps that raided his headquarters this evening, accusing him of “smuggling and promoting narcotics in Jinderes district”.

According to sources, the members of Military Police and 3rd corps managed to siege al-Ashmat commander’s headquarters after violent clashes with heavy machineguns and “RPG” shells between both sides near residential neighborhoods.

Earlier today, SOHR activists monitored clashes with machineguns and “RPG” shells in Jinderes district in Afrin countryside, among several Turkish-backed factions, while groups of Military Police and the 3rd corps have raided the headquarter of a commander in al-Ashmat faction, who is known to be a drug dealer.

Several civilians were injured in these armed clashes and shooting in the middle of residential neighborhoods.


On November 12, SOHR activists reported violent clashed took place among armed groups affiliated to Turkey-backed al-Hamzah Division near silos of Ras al-Ain (Sere kanyea) within Peace Spring areas in al-Hasakah countryside. Reasons of the clashes remained unknown till now.

While on November 11, SOHR sources reported clashes among groups of Turkish-backed factions in “Peace Spring” areas in al-Raqqah countryside. According to SOHR sources, a group of Ahrar al-Sharqiyyah and another group of al-Sham Corps clashed with medium and heavy weapons in Ain Issa, Sherkirek, Hammam al-Turkman in the northern countryside of al-Raqqah, as the members of Ahrar al-Sharqiyyah were attempting to seize the headquarters of “Liwaa al-Khattab” operating under the banner of al-Sham Corps and the headquarters of a groups affiliated to the same faction led by a commander called “Abu Jihad”.

The clashes left several people injured, including a civilian, in Sherkirek village, while seven members of “Liwaa al-Khattab” were injured in clashes in Hammam al-Turkman town.

Moreover, Ahrar al-Sharqiyyah have captured three members of “Liwaa al-Khattab” in Hammam al-Turkman in Tel Abyad countryside, while they were attempting to repel an attack on the presser.

Also, members of Ahrar al-Sharqiyyah beat a civilian brutally for preventing him from breaking into the presser in Hammam al-Turkman.

Meanwhile, a commander of Ahrar al-Sharqiyyah has threatened to capture the headquarters of al-Sham Corps and expelling its members from the region.

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