The bullets of the Turkish “Gendarmerie” prevent agriculture in the border areas in northern Syria.
Yesterday, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar asserted that his country has made efforts to restore life to normal in Syria, claiming that Turkey is taking care of 9 million Syrians, at a time when the Turkish “gendarmes” have deliberately and for years fired on farmers who work in their lands in northern Syria Syrian refugees continued to be killed at the border, many civilians were killed, and farmers were forced to abandon some of them to cultivate their lands.
Akar claimed that his country’s regime not only takes care of the 4 million Syrians on its territory, but is also responsible for 5 million Syrians in northern Syria, and that his country is doing everything it can to restore their lives to normal by meeting their needs such as health, education, roads, electricity and drinking water. He ignored that those areas witnessed the displacement of one million Syrians as a result of Turkish military operations and the occupation of three main cities, namely Afrin, Ras al-Ain and Tal Abyad, and that the areas under Turkey in northern Syria have turned into active areas for the outlawed armed groups that abuse civilians.
On the other hand, the Turkish “gendarmes” continue to shoot farmers who work in their lands close to the border wall in northern Syria, as some of them were forced to abandon cultivating their lands for fear of being targeted.
In this context, Yasser Ghanoum, a farmer from the town of Khirbet al-Jouz in the Harem region, north of Idlib, explained that he was unable this year to cultivate his land, which is about 500 meters away from the Turkish border, after the Turkish Gendarmerie repeatedly targeted his children during their work. With a bullet lodged in his shoulder, he said, “They wanted to kill my son and not only intimidate him, they shot him directly.”
Ghannoum stated that he did not benefit from his land, which is estimated at 15 dunums, for the second year in a row, as he planted it last year with wheat crops, but it burned days before the date of harvest, as border guards in the Turkish regime fired on the ground and prevented it from extinguishing the fire.
Last Thursday, the “Gendarmerie” opened fire on farmers near the town of Khirbet al-Jouz in the Harem region, killing one of them.
Residents in northern Syria confirmed that the Turkish “gendarmes” have been shooting for years at farmers working on their lands close to the border wall, as some of them were forced to abandon cultivating their lands for fear of being targeted.

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