Ongoing violations | National Army factions steal olive crops and impose levies on civilians in Afrin • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Ongoing violations | National Army factions steal olive crops and impose levies on civilians in Afrin

Aleppo province: Turkish-backed factions continue to loot and steal the olive crop and impose new levies on clivilians in Afrin, north-west of Aleppo, as part of a crackdown on the people in order to force them to migrate and leave their properties to families of Turkish-backed factions.

In this context, Al-Hamza Division, which controls the villages of Kfardali Tahtani, Fawqani, Faqira, Korkan and Gulakan, imposed levies of 10% of olive crop profit on civilians who forcibly displaced to the northern countryside of Aleppo, under the pretext of protecting the people’s properties from theft.

Moreover, Al-Majd faction, which controls the villages of Zirka, Jubana, Kaila, Hyama and Kareya in the Bulbul and Raju districts, imposed a levy of two olive oil tankers on every farmer in the aforementioned villages under the pretext of protection.

Meanwhile, members of Soqour Al-Shamal faction seized by force of arms nearly 80 olive trees in Arab Sheikho village in Maabatli district in Afrin countryside, north-west of Aleppo.

Furthermore, members of Al-Sham Corps faction also carried out an armed robbery on the home of a civilan in Basufan village in Shirawa district. However, the owner of the house did not file a lawsuit against the faction for fear of arrest and killing.

In Afrin city, military police checkpoints at the entrances and exits of Afrin city imposed levies on drivers of nearly 300 to 500 Turkish lira, depending on the cargo load. In the event of non-payment of levies, the member stops cars for long hours at the checkpoints under the pretext of inspection.