Turkish-backed militants have been stealing electricity towers in northeast Syria, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on August 30.
The militants, who belong to the Sultan Murad Division and Ahrar al-Sharqiyah, reportedly took down electricity towers in the villages of Mutullah, Lzaqah, Beit Jamalu, Beit Takno and Tell Saker in the outskirt of the town of Ras al-Ain in the northern al-Hasakah countryside over the last few days.
“They [the electricity towers] were moved [by the militants] to known areas near their loot warehouses,” the SOHR’s report reads.
According to the monitoring group, Turkish-backed militants are planning to sell the remains of the towers as scrap metal in Turkey.
The looting of public proprieties is a main source of income for anti-government militants in Syria. In May 2019, Turkistan militants blew up the Zayzun thermal power plant in the northwestern region of Greater Idlib and sold the remains of its cooling tower.
The militants have been selling their loot in Turkey since 2012. Turkish authorities are doing nothing whatsoever to stop these criminal acts.