Report documenting Turkish occupation crimes, its gangs during the month of July

Since Turkey and its mercenary occupied the canton of Afrin in 2018, and the series of crimes and security chaos has been worsening, barely a day has passed without violation, targeting, detonation, etc.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, SOHR, 4 people were killed (3 civilians and one mercenary) during the month of July, and Afrin witnessed one explosion on July 19th.

During the past month, the area witnessed two battles between Turkish mercenaries, the first of which took place on the fourth of the month, where Darwish Maidanki village of Afrin witnessed clashes between the mercenaries of the Elite Army “Jaysh al-Nukhba” and Suqur al-Shamal for unknown reasons, which led to the death of 6 wounded on both sides.

As for the second fighting, it was on the 18th of the month, when a dispute erupted between Turkey’s mercenaries in Rajo district in Afrin countryside, which developed into armed clashes during which medium and light weapons were used, without resulting in human losses amid a state of panic among the people.

While Turkey’s mercenaries are still masterful in committing daily crimes against the people of the region who refused to be displaced from it and chose to stay in their areas, in addition to crimes that affect the displaced to the region as well. During the past month, the observatory counted that the Turkish occupation mercenaries kidnapped more than 19 civilians, including a minor girl in the city of Afrin and the districts of Bulbul, Rajo, Shia, Mobata, Shera and Jandris of Afrin, where 7 of them were released after their families paid large sums of money to the mercenaries, while the fate of the rest is still unknown.

Syrian Observatory indicated that on July 13th, a mercenary from the “Al-Sham Legion” called “Abu Khalil” severely beat the elderly woman (J.A.), 74 years old, from Kaunda village of Rajo district in Afrin, where he hit her with a chair and cursed her with obscene words in front of the villagers, because of its refusal to pay him money, to pay the so-called “protection tax”.

On the 12th of the month, the mercenaries of “Al-Hamza” imposed royalties ranging from 200 to 500 Turkish liras on the residents of the village of Kokaniyeh of Mobata district in Afrin countryside, north of Aleppo, in return for what they called a “protection tax”.

The mercenaries threatened the people, if they refused to pay royalties, to steal their property, knowing that this new royalty does not include the olive harvest season or the so-called local council of the Turkish occupation imposed annual royalties on land owners, which are estimated at 20 percent of the season.

Turning to the series of crimes and demographic change, in mid-July, the Turkish occupation forces and their mercenaries retrieved the bodies of 57 civilians and soldiers who were martyred during the Turkish occupation attacks on Afrin in 2018, and transferred them to an unknown location.

On July 25th, the mercenaries of “Al-Hamza” imposed royalties on the olive trees belonging to the displaced people from the villages of Kfardali Tahtani, Kfardali Fawqani, Ma’arat, and Mazen village in the countryside of Afrin, where they asked the agents of the displaced people to pay eight dollars or its equivalent in Syrian pounds, 25 thousand Syrian pounds to each olive tree, for every 3 years, in return for allowing the agents to take care of the olive trees belonging to the displaced people of Afrin.

On the other hand, July 21st witnessed the visit of the Turkish Minister of Interior, “Süleyman Soylu” to the cities of Azaz and Afrin, on the first day of Eid al-Adha.

At the conclusion of its report, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, “From the above, it is clear that the series of violations will not stop,” as long as the Turkish occupation forces and their mercenaries continue to violate all international human rights norms and covenants, without deterring them from curbing the crimes and violations they are committing against the Syrian people in those areas.

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