The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Growing displacement movement | In 24 hours, hundreds of families leave Abu Raseen

Al-Hasakah province: SOHR activists have reported that the displacement movement has risen during the past 24 hours in Abu Raseen (Zarkan) towards safer areas. The new civilian exodus coincides with ongoing ground shelling by Turkish forces and their proxies on the region. Hundreds of families have displaced from the centre of Abu Raseen, Al-Khadrawy and Al-Asadiyah which were the centre of Turkish shelling during the past two days.

The displaced people headed towards villages in the eastern countryside of Abu Raseen, Al-Dirbasiyah and Al-Hasakah city while camps have refuse to receive more displaced people for lack of free space.

It is worth noting that the Turkish shelling caused the death of seven civilians and injury of 20 others in less than a week.

A few hours ago, SOHR sources documented the death of a civilian due to bombardment by Turkish forces a few hours ago on the centre of Abu Raseen district “Zarkan” in north-western Al-Hasakah. The civilian was taken to a hospital in Al-Darbasiyah city, amid unconfirmed reports of other injured people.

It is worth noting that Turkish heavy artillery targeted public facilities and the headquarters of the district’s Municipality, which caused material damage.

SOHR sources had reported intensive rocket fire by Turkish forces on the centre of Abu Raseen district “Zarkan” and the villages of Al-Khadrawi and Assadiya in Abu Raseen countryside in north-western Al-Hasakah. The Turkish bombardment coincided with a new civilian exodus due to the intensive bombardment.

On December 30, SOHR activists documented the death of three civilians: a woman, her son and her sister in Al-Assadiyah village due to intensive rocket and artillery fire by Turkish forces on the centre of Abu Raseen district and surrounding villages, as well as positions in Tel Tamr countryside in the north-western countryside of Al-Hasakah.