المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

After they thieved its villages…the forces of the “Olive Branch” Operation start to loot Afrin city after their full control on it

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned from a number of reliable sources that the members of the forces of the “Olive Branch” Operation led by Turkey, and after they imposed their full control over Afrin city today, the 18th of March 2018, started to loot the property of citizens and the contents of the political and military headquarters and to loot machineries, vehicles and shops in the city, which used to be controlled by the Kurdish forces before they withdrew from it, after the military operation started on the 20th of January2018, in a grand military operation launched by the Turkish forces, through which they managed to impose their control over the entire area of Afrin with its townships and its villages reaching to Afrin city today.

Reliable sources told the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that a large number of villages subjected to robberies by the forces of the “Olive Branch” Operation led by the Turkish forces, where the machineries and agricultural tools have been seized and the houses have been robbed, and sources confirmed to the SOHR that some citizens found that their houses are empty and their agricultural machineries and tools have been seized, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published today morning, that 1500 fighters at least of the YPG and the Self-Defense forces, were killed since Operation “Olive Branch” started on the 20th of January 2018, until now, while clashes are accompanied with renewed shelling which caused more human losses, where it rose to 496 including 78 soldiers of the Turkish forces, the number of the members and fighters of the Turkish forces and the factions who were killed in the clashes against the Kurdish Units in Afrin area, while 91 members at least of regime forces’ NDF were killed in the Turkish shelling since they started to enter on the 20th of February 2018, and the SOHR also documented 289 including 43 children and 28 citizens, the number of civilians of the al-Kurds, Arabs and Armenians, who were killed in the Turkish aerial, artillery and missile shelling, and in executions against several citizens in Afrin area since the 20th of January 2018, also the shelling injured hundreds of citizens with varying severity.

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