Turkish-affiliated mercenaries kidnap more civilians in occupied Afrin
The Turkish forces and mercenary groups under Turkish control continue targeting civilians in the occupied regions in North and East Syria.
Turkish-backed mercenaries acting as so-called “Military Police” have kidnapped three civilians from the Jindires district of Afrin. The aftermath of the three men, named Henan Îbrahîm Mewas, Hecî Murad Hecî Hiso and Mesûd Osman Xelo, is not known.
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.