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After /3/ years of Afrin occupation … A wide record of Turkish violations and crimes against civilians

Today is the third anniversary of the Turkish forces and their factions' control over "Afrin" and the suburbs of the northern countryside of Aleppo.

After /3/ years of Afrin occupation … A wide record of Turkish violations and crimes against civilians

Today is the third anniversary of the Turkish forces and their factions’ control over “Afrin” and the suburbs of the northern countryside of Aleppo.

Throughout these years, Turkish crimes and violations against civilians continued in the region, as well as the displacement operations, and the demographic structure changing in the region by displacing the residents from their homes and housing the families of the pro-Ankara factions instead. SDC sources stated that more than /300/ thousand people have been displaced from “Afrin” due to the Turkish invasion in /2018/.

In addition to the systematic displacement, there were the arrests and kidnappings under false pretenses and alleged accusations of dealing with the “SDF” against everyone whom the “Ankara factions” want to be arrested, while the detainees are released after pressuring their families to pay a ransom. The sources indicate the existence of about /1000/ kidnapped in the prisons of the factions with unknown destination so far.

On the other hand, the pro-Ankara factions robbed civilians’ properties including homes, agricultural lands and others, as the sources confirmed that Ankara factions had seized more than 1,300 homes in Afrin and its surroundings and distributed them to the families of the militants or turned them into military headquarters, as well as seized agricultural lands estimated to be more than 600 hectares which include about 3 million olive trees.

The processes of demographic change and the distortion of the Syrian identity in the region also included the establishment of local councils belonging to the Turkish governors, the raising of the Turkish flag throughout the region, the imposition of the Turkish language in “Afrin” schools and the establishment of religious institutes and schools that teach children extremist ideas of the Justice and Development Party ruling in Ankara, spreading strictness and separating between males and females among children at an early age, which recalls the methodology of ISIS.

Plans to change the identity of Afrin included distorting its history, as the famous archaeological sites in Afrin were subjected to random exploration in search of archaeological finds to be stolen and smuggled to Turkey.
According to the sources, more than /44/ archaeological site were brought to blowing, looting and vandalism, most notably the location of the “Prophet Hory” and “Ein Dara”, while about 350 graves of the Yazidi sect were exhumed, and more than 15 religious shrines were sabotaged.

On the security side, Afrin witnessed throughout the three years under the influence of the Turkish forces and their factions a state of security chaos and successive bombings whose civilian casualties are estimated at more than 300 people and about 700 injured, in addition to the victims of the clashes that erupted occasionally due to infighting between the Turkish-backed factions in the region.

It is noteworthy that the Turkish forces and their factions took control of Afrin on March 18, 2018, after the SDF refused to hand over the area to the Syrian army to protect it from the Turkish invasion, which ultimately made the Turks and their militants take control over it.

After /3/ years of Afrin occupation … A wide record of Turkish violations and crimes against civilians

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