Five more civilians kidnapped in occupied Afrin

Human rights violations by Turkey's mercenary troops continue in occupied Afrin city.

The Furqat al-Hamza militia, controlled by the Turkish state, kidnapped four civilians from the village of Basûtê in Afrin’s Sherawa district on 14 November. The abducted civilians are Elî Xelîl Xalid, Heyder Semîr Wilo, Hemze Xalid and Hisên Dimso.

Another person named Mihemed Mustafa Şêxo was abducted from Afrin’s Shiye district on 17 November by mercenaries of the Turkish-backed Sultan Suleiman Shah Brigade.

In Afrin and the other Turkish occupied zones in northern Syria there are daily attacks and abductions by the jihadist groups.

Two days ago, a woman and a man working for an aid organisation were robbed and murdered by pro-Turkish mercenaries in Afrin. Yesterday, 15-year-old Roya Henano Mustafa was kidnapped from the village of Xeziwê in the Sherawa district on 15 November.

Afrin is under the occupation of the Turkish state and its mercenary allies for over a year now. The attacks of the Turkish state against Afrin began on 20 January 2018 and the invasion of the city was carried out on 18 March 2018. Since the invasion, war crimes have been systematically committed in the region. Almost every day, crimes such as the confiscation of property belonging to local people, kidnapping of civilians for ransom, torture or executions are carried out.

Thousands of people have been kidnapped in the occupied Afrin territory since the invasion began. Most of these civilians were subject to systematic torture and many were brutally executed.

According to Afrin Human Rights Organization, 167 men, 28 women and 32 children have been killed since the launch of Turkey’s invasion attacks against Afrin on 20 January 2018. A further 638 civilians were injured, of whom 87 are children. Afrin Human Rights Organization also documented over six thousand abductions, who again include children. The fate of 3,000 abducted civilians remains unknown.