Violations in Afrin | Turkish-backed factions continue selling houses of displaced civilians • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights
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Violations in Afrin | Turkish-backed factions continue selling houses of displaced civilians

Aleppo province: SOHR activists have reported that members of Al-Sultan Solaiman Shah factions known as “Al-Amshat” took over two houses in Kakhira village in Ma’batly district in Afrin countryside northern of Aleppo, to turn these houses to military bases.

The houses belonged to forcibly displaced civilians, following the Turkish military operation in Afrin city on 2018.

In Afrin city, a member of Al-Jabha Al-Shamiyah faction from Homs city, took over a house in Al-Ashrafiyah neighbourhood and rented it to a family for 35 USDs per month.

Moreover, a member of Al-Sultan Mohammed Al-Fateh faction took over a house in Al-Ashrafiyah neighbourhood in Afrin city, before selling it for 800 USDs to the Civil Police.

SOHR has documented over 54 other violations distributed as follows:

Four incidents of selling displaced people’s houses which had been forcibly seized earlier by Turkish-backed factions. The houses were sold at low prices and in US dollars in particular.

One incident of seizure of shops and another of seizure of farmlands by members and commanders of Turkish-backed factions.

17 incidents of imposition of levies on civilians by factions and military police: 15 incidents were of levies imposed in return for the release of detainees, an incident of imposing a levy by “Al-Jabha Al-Shamiyyah” on contractors and an incident of imposing a levy by “Nour Al-Din Al-Zenki” faction on a civilian instead of evacuating his house.

18 incidents of felling fruit-bearing trees by factions of Turkish-backed “National Army,” where over 485 olive trees were cut down in several areas in villages and districts of Afrin.