The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Ongoing violations in Afrin | Factions impose levies and fell forest trees

Aleppo province: SOHR activists have reported that Al-Sultan Murad faction has felled forest trees in Deir Sawan village in Shiran district in Afrin countryside northern of Aleppo, where the number of trees that were felled has reached nearly 700 trees, with ongoing uprooting operations until this moment.

Regarding violations against Afrin residents, the Military Police and Al-Hamza Division imposed royalties in Rajo district on civilians wishing to sneak into Turkey through smuggling, where the royalties reached 1,000 Turkish Liras to allow them to pass the checkpoints towards Turkish-Syrian borders.

Moreover, Al-Jabha Al-Shamiyah faction imposed royalties on residents of Marimin and Al-Mazra’a villages in Shiran district of 200 U.S dollars, the royalties were imposed on owners of livestock to allow them to graze in the area. Meanwhile in Ali Karo village in Bulbul district, a commander of Al-Hamza Division called “Abo Ramadan” destroyed electricity poles and sold them as scrap for financial benefit.

On February 22, SOHR activists reported that Ahrar Al-Sharqiyah faction felled the remaining forest trees in Haj Hosna village in Jinderes district, and felled over 500 trees during the past few weeks to sell them as heating logs for financial benefit.
Moreover, Al-Hamza Division and Ahrar Al-Sharqiyah factions felled over 120 olive trees in Qorba, Qojman and Qilah villages in Jinderes district. The trees belonged originally to civilians displaced from the villages.

Turkish-backed factions continue their violations against the property of forcibly displaced civilians from Afrin, through illegal sales and felling of olive trees, and terminating forest wealth forfinance benefit.