Al-Hasakah province: SOHR activists have reported that members of the Turkish-backed Al-Sultan Murad and Al-Hamza Division factions have stormed Al-Mukhtala village western of Ras Al-Ain (Sere Kanye) in Al-Hasakah countryside this evening, to take over houses in the village and turn them into military posts or rests for a Turkish-backed factions’ leader.
Village residents confronted the militiamen and gathered near the house preventing militias from raiding the house, where disputes erupted between both sides escalating to shooting by militiamen to separate the residents, before leaving the village amid a state of tension among the residents.
Turkish-backed factions take over civilians’ properties for financial benefits.
On December 18, SOHR activists reported that Turkish-backed factions continued their large-scale logging operations in orchards of Ras Al-Ain (Sere Kaniye) city and its countryside in “Peace Spring” areas.
According to Syrian Observatory activists, members of “Ahrar Al-Sharqiyah, Sultan Murad and Al-Hamzat Division” factions cut down trees to sell them in a market for selling stolen trees as “firewood for heating” near chicken market, east of Ras Al-Ain city.
It is worth noting that Ras Al-Ain city in the countryside of Al-Hasakah is witnessing a sharp hike in the prices of essential commodities in light of the ongoing collapse of the Turkish lira against foreign currencies. In addition, a pack of bread reached 500 SYL with reducing the number of loaves, some women on sidewalks sell a pack of bread for 1000 SYL.