AHRO: MIT abducted 3 Kurdish civilians

Afrin Human Rights Organisation announced that three Kurdish civilians from Afrin have been kidnapped by Turkish secret service MIT.

According to the organisation, the three men were abducted were living in the village of Termisha in the Shiye district. The kidnapped civilians were named by Efrîn Post website as Xelîl Menan Seydo (45), Kamîran Xelîl Seydo (22) and Ferdî Xelîl Seydo (40).

The aftermath of the three men is not known, nor the cause of their abduction.

Since the start of August, Turkish Intelligence Task Force has launched a wide campaign of arrest targeting innocent civilian Kurds, who are taken to Turkish prison falsely accused by Turks as ” PKK, YPG militants”.

Afrin has been occupied by Turkey since March 2018. Kidnappings are a common source of income for the Islamist mercenaries of the Turkish state. Since the beginning of the occupation of Afrin, human rights violations and war crimes have been on the agenda in what was once the safest region of all Syria. In addition to a classic colonial policy, Turkey continues to practice a policy of ethnic cleansing, which has driven hundreds of thousands of people from their ancestral settlements. The demographic change in favour of Turkey and its Islamist invasion forces, crimes such as kidnapping, torture, extortion and murder are happening with the de facto approval of the international community of states.

The women of Afrin in particular suffer from the invasion. Between March 2018 and November 2019 alone, the Afrin Human Rights Association documented 1200 cases of violence by the occupying forces. According to this, 40 women were murdered, 60 women became the target of sexual violence, one hundred women were physically tortured and almost 1000 women were abducted. The number of unreported cases is probably much higher. At least five women took their own lives in the same period as a result of the violence of the occupying forces.

Mercenaries kidnapped 78 civilians in Afrin in the month of July
“In July, Turkish state intelligence and mercenaries kidnapped 78 citizens, including 4 women. In addition, 12 people, including one woman, were tortured. The fate of 3 missing children is unknown,” said Afrin Human Rights Organization Spokesperson.

Afrin Human Rights Organization Spokesperson Ibrahim Şêxo said that 78 citizens have been kidnapped by Turkey-linked mercenaries in Afrin.

On 3 August, a boy named Xelîl Nîhad Şêxo (16) from the village of Fêrkan in the Şera district of Afrin was shot by Turkish soldiers and his body was delivered to his family after his organs were stolen in a hospital in Kilis where he was taken for treatment.

Speaking to ANHA about the brutality of the Turkish state and the crimes it has carried out in the past month, Afrin Human Rights Organization Spokesperson Ibrahim Şêxo said that what happened to the child named Xelîl Nîhad Şêxo is a war crime, and international organizations and children’s rights organizations should hold the Turkish state accountable for it.

Turkish soldiers have slaughtered 464 Syrian citizens on the border lines since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, Şêxo said, adding: “The practices of the Turkish state against Syrian civilians, especially in Afrin are against international law.”

78 citizens kidnapped in July

Sharing the balance sheet of the crimes committed by the Turkish state in Afrin during the month of July, Şêxo said: “Turkish state intelligence and mercenaries kidnapped 78 citizens, including 4 women. In addition, 12 people, including one woman, were tortured. The fate of 3 missing children is unknown.”

According to information obtained from sources in Afrin, Şêxo added that the Emşat mercenaries linked to the Turkish state seized the sumac and walnut harvest of the people in the villages of Mabata district, together with the Samarkand mercenaries under the direction of a group called Abu Cihat.

Destruction of nature continues

Stating that the occupiers also target nature in the region, Afrin Human Rights Organization Spokesperson Ibrahim Şêxo said: “The foreign invaders who settled in the region cut trees to make a way between the villages of Hec Qasimo and Misteşûra in Mabata. The Syrian Human Rights Observatory (SOHR) stated that 20 machines were brought to the area for digging.”