Turkey Planning to Plunder $100mln of Northern Syria’s Agricultural Products
Ankara officials are planning to transfer Afrin region’s agricultural products, whose total value stands at $100mln, to Turkey, a Kurdish media outlet claimed on Saturday.
The Kurdish-language Hawar news reported that governor of Hatay has called on Ankara-backed militants in Afrin in Northwestern Aleppo to hand over the entire olive crops to the Turkish province.
In the meantime, Salah Ibo, the deputy head of Afrin Agriculture Department, said that Ankara intends to steal $100 mln of Afrin residents’ agricultural products.
Also, Hawar news went on to say that terrorists of Ahrar al-Shamiyah and Tajamo’a Adl, both affiliated to the Turkish army, have started fierce clashes in the village of Qajomo in Jandaris region over distribution of looted olive products.
It added that residents in Jandaris are now allowed to step onto their farms after the Ankara forces seized their lands.
Local sources reported on Thursday that the Ankara-backed Faylaq al-Awwal militants were plundering the artifacts in Cyrrhus (a city in ancient Syria founded by Seleucus Nicator, one of Alexander the Great’s generals) known among Arabs as Nebi Huri castle in Northeastern Afrin.
They added that the commander of the terrorist group also monitors extensive excavation operations in the historical sites in the region, saying that the militants sell the artifacts in local and regional markets or transfer them to other regions.
Also, other reports said that the former commander of Faylaq al-Rahman terrorist group in Eastern Ghouta of Damascus has arrived at an agreement with the local council of Afrin to take control of a large mountainous area between Bastouleh and Afrin that is home to many villages later sell their control to other terrorists.