Civilian from Afrin tortured to death in prison

The Turkish forces and mercenary groups under Turkish control continue targeting civilians in the occupied regions in North and East Syria.

A man from Afrin was reportedly murdered in the al-Rai Prison in Azaz.

Local sources report that the man, named Silêman Nûri Nûman, was kidnapped by the occupation in 2019 and was tortured to death under custody.

51-year-old Silêman Nûri Numan came from the village of Bozike. He was kidnapped by Turkish-backed mercenaries in the Ashrafiyah neighborhood of Afrin on 1 June 2019.

64-year-old Mewlidê Nûman from the same family was killed by the occupation forces in al-Rai Prison in May.

The Turkish state, with a soldiery of jihadists and right-wing extremists, established a regime of terror over Afrin, which they occupied in March 2018. Kidnapping, looting, ransomware, and displacement have been the order of the day ever since. In the past two months alone, more than 300 abductions have been recorded in Afrin, and 25 of those abducted were women. At least six civilians were killed.

For the period between July 29 and August 23, the Afrin Human Rights Organization registered 101 abductions. 17 of the abductees were women. In addition, three minors were among those abducted. Often the abductees are taken to torture chambers run by mercenaries or the MIT and released after paying ransoms. However, abductees are repeatedly tortured to death and their bodies dumped in fields or other places. This creates a climate of terror and drives the Kurdish population away.