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SEPTEMBER 2020

Abducted Civilians Found In Headquarters Of Turkish-Backed Group In Occupied Afrin

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A number of abducted civilians were reportedly found inside a headquarters of the Turkish-backed Hamza Division in the occupied city of Afrin in northern Syria.

Militants from Damascus’ Eastern Ghouta and locals stormed the headquarters on May 28 in response to an incident in which the group’s fighters murdered two civilians.

Inside the headquarters, a former center of Kurdish security forces, 17 civilians abducted from different parts of Afrin were found. At least 11 of the detained civilians were women, mainly Kurdish. Opposition sources revealed that many of the women were found naked in the cells.

The civilians held in the headquarters were not reportedly charged with any crimes. The Hamza Division even denied detaining some of them in the past.

The incident led to an outrage in Turkish-occupied areas in northern and northeastern Syria. The Hamza Division and the so-called Syrian National Army (SNA) have not made any comment on the matter.

Turkish-backed groups like the al-Hamza Division are infamous for their criminal ativities. Some of these groups are involved in ransom kidnapping, drug and weapon trafficking as well as theft. Ankara is doing nothing at all to put an end to these crimes.

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