Documentation of the arrest of 13 civilians in Afrin since the beginning of August 2020.
The Turkish-backed armed groups continue to carry out more arrests and kidnappings of civilians, as the rates of violence, crime, arrest and kidnapping have increased in the Afrin region and all of the areas controlled by the Turkish armed forces in northern Syria.
The Turkish forces and the Syrian armed groups supported by them continue to commit more violations and do not care about calls to stop the daily raids, arrest and kidnap citizens for the motive of obtaining ransom, prevent their relatives from knowing the location or reasons for their detention, refuse to bring them to trial and prevent them from appointing a lawyer. In the month of July 2020, the Afrin region witnessed the arrest of (45) people, and we were able to document their names, while the actual number is more, especially since there are names that their families have reserved to mention, in addition to cases of detention that we were not able to access, and the killing was followed up and documented. Civilians under torture, and multiple cases of abuse, and more than 14 detainees were subjected to torture, and two deaths under torture were recorded, and two cases of killing the elderly. The prevalence in this region has become daily systematic looting, appropriation of people’s homes and properties, olive seasons, logging and other activities, in addition to daily arbitrary arrests, kidnapping of people as hostages in exchange for a ransom, and restrictions on the population. Launching military chaos and dozens of terrorist groups is a deliberate Turkish policy; However, it is carried out by the “Syrian armed groups” under the name of the “Syrian National Army” of the Syrian Interim Government / Coalition, and all of this is taking place under the eyes of the Turkish forces and their participation. Since the beginning of this August, 3 persons have been arrested in Afrin, they are: Abdullah Muhammad Ali (58 years old) was arrested after a raid on his house in the village of Maerska in the Shara district in Afrin. In addition to the arrest of Ali Muhammad (14 years old), who is from the village of Qarat Teppe in the Sharran sub-district, and “Shiro Ali” (20 years old) from the village of Kafr Jannah in the Sharran district, was kidnapped from his home in the Ashrafieh neighborhood of Afrin.
On August 2, gunmen from the “Hamzat” faction stormed houses in the village of “Qajoman” in Jenderes district, and arrested 3 people, including Ibrahim Othman, 55, and his son 25-year-old Siwar Othman. On August 3, gunmen from the Levantine Front stormed homes in Maerska village in the Sharran district and kidnapped the citizen (Abdullah Muhammad Ali) “43 years old”.
On August 4, gunmen from the Levant Front faction arrested Muhammad Hasko Hasko, 40, from the village of Khalilak Ushagy in the Bulbul district (working in the field of sewing) from his workshop in the city of Afrin via Rajo Road, and he was taken to an unknown location.
On August 6, the Military Police arrested a young man, Riad Hasan Hamo (born in 1987) from his home in the center of Rajo sub-district and took him to an unknown destination. On August 9 and 10, the Turkish-backed militants launched a campaign of arrests and raids and stormed a number of houses in the Mabata / Maabatli district in Afrin. During the course, 5 people were in the village of Brimjeh, they are: Asaad Khalil Murad, Nuri Mustafa Bakr, Sheikho Khalil Hassan, Fayek Sabri Musa, Abdo Khalil Abbas, and Muhammad Bashir.

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