The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Ongoing violations in Afrin | Pro-Turkey factions continue to cut down olive trees, seize civilians’ properties and impose levies

Aleppo province: Members of the 9th division seized agricultural land planted with more than 100  fruit- bearing trees in Mamala Gharbei village in Rajo district in Afrin countryside and constructed three residential buildings, but it is not known whether these buildings will be used as headquarters or as a residence for the leader of the 9th division.


Similarly, the 9th division seized a villa in Al-Sheikh village in Rajo district in Afrin countryside belonging to a civilian who has been forcibly displaced to Aleppo city, after expelling his family, claiming that the villa’s owner is accused of “working for regime forces.”


According to reliable SOHR sources, the 9th division seized the villa after a large crowd attended the civilian’s mother’s funeral in the village.


Meanwhile, members affiliated with the “National Army” factions cut down olive trees in Al-Ashrafeiyah neighbourhood in Afrin city to sell them in Idlib markets as fire logs. The trees belong to a displaced civilian from Tarnadah village.


Moreover, they cut down 38 olive trees and ten walnut trees in Aukan village in Bulbul district in Afrin countryside to sell them in the markets as fire logs.


Furthermore, a civilian paid a ransom of 20,000 USD to “Al-Sultan Malikshah” faction after negotiations between the both sides to bring back his properties, a gas station, a villa and a farm, that had been seized by members of the faction during its control of the area in 2018 in Qastal Jindo village in Sharan district in Afrin countryside.


According to reliable SOHR sources the faction refused to give commercial shops back, claiming that they had been rented out to other individuals.


This comes in light of ongoing violations by Turkish intelligence services and pro-Turkey factions against civilians in Afrin.