الصفحة الرئيسية / REPORT / التاريخ : 2018-08-11 / عدد المشاهدة : 42
Occupied Afrin: between hammer of Turkish violations and anvil of Arabization policy

Turkey-backed Islamic faction of the so-called "Free Army" occupying Afrin, continue to commit violations against the civilians in Afrin, since its occupation by the Turkish army, amid an international silence

Activists and social networks have deliberated videos and photos of well-known places and sites inside the city, that the extremist Islamic factions have changed their original names. Such as changing the name of "Kawah Al Haddad" roundabout in the center of Afrin to "martyrs of March 18, 2018", and "Nawrouz" one to "Saladin al-Ayubi ", addition to changing  the name of "Watani" roundabout to "Olive branch" . Besides, installing sings  written in Arabic and Kurdish, and raising the flags of the Syrian opposition and Turkey

The Syrian observatory for human rights (SOHR), has also documented bulldozers  belonging to Islamic factions, cutting and uprooting olive trees in "Hamam" and other areas in Afrin, on the pretext of using the flattened lands for the construction of military headquarters and training camps

Many other places names have been changed by the Turkish factions, as changing towns and villages names into names that were prevailed during the Syrian regime rule, which had been adopting the Arabization policy. Such as "Naza" village that turned in to "Al-Mohbaba" and "Kortik" village that became "Al-Hufra"

Furthermore, these faction have been carrying  out continuous detentions, which have become a way of lucrative trade, by fabricating and framing false charges against citizens, in order to obtain money from them, in exchange for their release

According to (SOHR) , Afrin has been experiencing an action-reaction state. Where the citizen suffers violation, torture, arrest, alongside paying taxes and more every day

The Turkish occupation and Islamic armed factions backed by, have been committing all kinds of human violations against civilian population of Afrin, since the occupation of the city on March 18,2018. Starting with settling Arab displaced from southern Syrian areas, in displaced Kurd residents' homes, to Arabizing Kurdish names in every way. Keeping Afrin "the city of olive" caught between the hammer of the Turkish violations and the anvil of Arabization policy


 Translated by: Hevin Osman.

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