The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Turkish Jandarma continue their violations against Syrians seeking safe haven

Syrians seeking a safe haven continue their attempts to sneak into neighbouring countries, especially Turkey, disregarding the threats to their safety and live and challenges they face while traveling on dangerous routes used by smugglers. The most of those routes are monitored by the Turkish border guards (Jandarma) that monitor the border strip and border wall that stretches along a large part of the border between Turkey and Syria and attempt to arrest and torture the largest number of Syrians approaching the border.


Since early 2024, SOHR activists have documented the death of a man and a child and the injury of another man and a child due to gunfire and brutal torture by Turkish Jandarma, while they were attempting to cross the border wall in Idlib countryside adjacent Iskenderun Region, seeking a safe haven. In addition, a child was lured to Turkish territory and brutally beaten and tortured by Turkish border guards.


Here are further details:


  • January 5: A civilian from Jisr Al-Shughour city in Idlib countryside, was shot dead by Turkish border guards “Jandarma”, while attempting to cross Syria-Turkey border near Kherbat Al-Jaouz town in Idlib countryside.


  • January 7: A displaced girl from Qastoun Town was shot by members of the Turkish Border Guards “Jandarma” in front of her house in Atma Town in Idlib countryside, and she suffered several fractures in her leg and broken limbs.


  • January 13: A displaced young man from northern Hama countryside was tortured by members of Turkish border guards “Jandarma,” while attempting to cross the Syria-Turkey border from Idlib countryside through routes used for smuggling with a group of more than 16 individuals, seeking a safe haven.


  • January 21: A 16-year-old child died today, as a result of being tortured by members of the Turkish border guards “Jandarma”, while trying to cross the Syrian-Turkish border with a group of people in Idlib countryside, seeking a safe haven outside the country.


  • February 10: Members of the Turkish Jandarma brutally beat a 12 year-old child displaced from Kafr Zaita in Hama countryside after luring him to pass the metal wall separating between Syria and Turkey near Al-Karama Camps in Idlib countryside.