Ongoing violations | Turkish-backed factions fell over 100 olive trees in Afrin
Factions operating under the banner of the Turkish-backed “National Army” continue felling olive trees, after looting the harvest, in Afrin city and countryside in northern Aleppo. In this context, SOHR sources have reported that “National Army” factions have felled nearly 115 olive trees in Maydanki and Kurtik villages in Sharran district in Afrin countryside in order to sell them as fire logs in Afrin markets.
This coincides with the ongoing oppression practiced by Turkish-backed factions on the residents of Afrin to force them to leave the canton as a part of attempts to change the demography of the canton.
On November 27, SOHR sources reported that “Jayish Al-Nukhbah” faction seized nearly 12 hectares of agricultural land in Zeitounakah village in Sharan district of Afrin countryside, north-west of Aleppo, by force of arms. These farmlands were owned by a refugee living in a European country.
Moreover, Al-Amashat faction cut down nearly 80 fruitful trees, including olive and almond trees, in Sinka village in Sharan district, and sold them as fire logs for heating in Afrin markets. These trees were owned by a number of residents of Sinka village.
Furthermore, Al-Sham Corps” faction cut down nearly 300 olive trees in the villages of Basufan and Kafr Nabu in Shirawa district of Afrin countryside.
While on November 23, SOHR activists reported that nearly 300 olive trees were cut down by National Army factions in the villages of Qarqalaq, Asteer and Bulbul district. These trees were owned by three civilians forcibly displaced to the northern countryside of Aleppo. The faction members cut off these trees on the pretext that the trees are owned by loyalists of the former Autonomous -administration in Afrin.