التقرير الاسبوعي : عفرين تحت الاحتلال 119
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Afrin Under Occupation (119):
” Sham Legion ” Commits War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity, Explosions and Clashes, Damages, Tributes and Arbitrary Arrests.
Turkish intelligence in Afrin is closely and diligently following the conditions of its indigenous population, especially those who are still in Afrin; and has established a security database for them by imposing the granting of ” identification cards “. Nominal lists have been prepared for the wanted ones for arbitrary charges or fabricated reasons and pretexts to punish them. Most of the indigenous people have been investigated, thousands have been detained, arbitrarily arrested or forcibly disappeared. Dozens of Afrin’s sons have been arrested even inside Turkey with prior knowledge and supervision of the Turkish intelligence.
Below are some of the violations and crimes committed:
” Sham Legion ” one of the militias of ” the Syrian National Army ” and pro-Turkey Syrian Coalition – Muslim Brotherhood has a fundamental support from circles of the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria. According to a report for ” Syria TV ” – Istanbul- on 29/11/2020, one of its pied pipers is “ Munther Sras (Abu Ubada) is currently a member of the political body of the Coalition and chairman of the Political Committee Delegation to Astana; its military leader is Fadlallah Al – Hajji (Abu Yamen) , Dr. Haitham Rahma is one of the Legion’s shadow commanders, and a member of the political body of the Coalition. Dr. Mohammed Nazir Hakim, one of the shadow men who is also a member of the Legion and currently serves as a member of the Coalition’s Political Body. The militias of this same Legion accompany the convoys of Turkish troops and guard their points inside Syria. Ever since the control of the militias of this Legion on numerous towns and villages in Afrin during its occupation in March 2018 , violations, war crimes and crimes against humanity are being committed. According to numerous reports, it has a secret prison under the supervision of the Turkish intelligence on the border town of Midan Ikbis – Rajo District, whereby Kurdish kidnapped and arrested people are tortured in addition to other forms of cruel treatment and the forcible disappearance of dozens, including the citizen “ Mustafa Ibrahim son Mustafa ” (a butcher) aged 30 years; a resident of the town. He has been unaccounted for more than two and a half years.
The Legion has also helped the Turkish army in forcibly displacing the people of Midan Ikbis and the surrounding villages, according to a systematic demographic change program. Out of the 500 families, only 120 families of the indigenous inhabitants of the town have remained, and have been replaced with the settlers. Some Kurdish families in the town are still outside their seized homes, such as the families of ” Ismail Sino and Ahmed Jumi Ismail Zada .” In addition to the expulsion of the former imam and preacher of the town’s mosque and his elderly assistants, “ Muhammad Sheikho Bilo, Ahmed Musa Bakr ” who are residents of the town.
The leaders and members of the Legion have seized thousands of olive trees and tens of hectares of agricultural land in the plains of the town and in the neighboring villages of Midana and those adjacent to the Black River. In addition to thefts, royalties and financial ransoms that are imposed on the people, cutting forests and olive trees for the purpose of logging. Among the people whose properties have been confiscated, we just mention the following: a villa, a farm, 1500 olive trees, and 10 hectares of agricultural lands belonging to the citizen Khader Haji Mohi and his two brothers, Abdo and Ayoub, 1000 olive trees and a house by Muhammad Ibrahim ( Qajero ) 800 olive tree belonging to the late Nuri Ahmed Musa’s family”.
It is noteworthy that two chiefs in the town named “Salil Al-Khaledi and Major Hisham al – Homsi ” who come from the province of Homs are intimidating people. They have taken control on the automatic bakery that belongs to the citizen ” Fayek Khatoon ” and two olive mills that belong to Muslim Shekho (Morgana) and Yahya Dandach (Abu Hisham) which they rented for 40 thousand dollars only for this season.
In the context of chaos and lawlessness, on Friday 04/12/2020, an explosive device was detonated in a jeep Sintafe in Jenders city center, killing one person and wounding others. In the afternoon, due to dispute over the seizure of residential homes and shops belonging to the forcibly displaced people of Afrin, clashes broke out near Kawa roundabout in Afrin city center among the militias under the umbrella of ” The Sahmmiya Front . According to local sources, one woman was killed and three of the recruits were injured.
Having obtained 15% of the oil production, in addition to the seizure of the entire olive crop, the militia of” Sultan Suleiman Shah Division – Al – Amshat ” which controls the center of the Shiyeh / Sheikh al-Hadid district and some of its affiliated villages, are imposing a royalty of 8$ per an olive tree whose owner is not in the village. On 28/11/2020, ” Alamchat” kidnapped ” Tawfiq Mamo ” Mukhtar of Jaqala village and released him after a day of torture, humiliation and taking of financial ransom from him, despite his cooperation with them.
On December 2, 2020, citizen Azad Ismail / 35 / year was arrested after a raid on his house in the town of Maidanaki by the police of Sharra sub-district, on charges of his relationship with the previous Self-Administration.
On 30/11/2020, a joint patrol of the Turkish Intelligence and Military Police raided homes in the town of Baadina, as a part of a campaign of arbitrary arrests, targeting citizens ( Khalil Muhammad Shaban 58,Omar Bayram Alou 56 years old, Rifaat Hussein Muhammad 43 year ). There were taken to Rajo District Center, on charges of participating in guard shifts during the Self – Administration. Shaban was released the next day and ” Alo ” was released on 03/12/2020, having each fined with 1000 Turkish Liras. After staying in detention for about a month, the citizens ” Ahmed Aref Ibish and Hassan Aref Othman, ” were released in Afrin on 30/11/2020, after each one was fined 1500 Turkish liras.
These crimes, which are classified as “war crimes and crimes against humanity”, need follow-up and investigation by Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria” to present its recommendations for accountability and punishment, and urge Turkey to put an end to it as an occupying country of a part of Syria’s territory, a member state of the United Nations.
Media Office – Afrin
The Kurdish Democratic Unity Party in Syria ( Yakiti)
– The Detainee, Mustafa Ibrahim bin Mustafa.
– Salil al-Khalidi, one of the leaders of the “ Sham Legion ” militia”.
– The bombing of a Sintafe jeep in Jendires.
Translated by Europe’s organization the Kurdish Democratic Unity Party (Yakiti)