Afrin Residents Fleeing Region Due to Turkish Troops, Allied Militants’ Brutalities
A large number of civilians have started leaving Afrin in Northwestern Aleppo for safer regions after the Turkish army and its allied militants intensified looting people’s assets, local sources reported on Wednesday.
The sources said that local residents of Afrin have started leaving their regions towards Aleppo city and the regions that are under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), as measures done by the Turkish army and Ankara-backed militants have deteriorated security in the region.
The Ankara forces have continued abduction of people, blackmail, plundering people’s assets and damaging civilians’ businesses.
Local sources reported on Tuesday that the Ankara-backed Firqah al-Hamzah imposed $3,000 as monthly tax on the shopkeepers in the small town of Bastouleh.
They further said that the militants also set fire at the farms of those residents that refuse to pay taxes or bribe.
The sources pointed to the continued looting of farmers’ agricultural products in Afrin, adding that the Turkish troops force locals in Afrin to transfer their lands to the terrorists that have been settled in the region.