A horrifying video has been published on social media showing service members of the Turkish Gendarmerie were beating and torturing of 4 Syrian youths on the Syrian-Turkish border in the Idlib Province. The beating and humiliation caused serious injures of the youths. At least one of them sustained heavy injuries. Syrians being humiliated by Turkish gendarmes were forced to collect street stones in order to gain an opportunity to leave.
Turkish media sources claimed that the youths were Kurds and were attempting to smuggle weapons to Turkey. However, none of the young men appeared armed in the video and there was no any sign around of seized weapon. Local sources claimed that the youths were Arabs from Idlib.
Local sources in the Idlib Province reported that the Turkish Army deployed a number of snipers along the Syrian-Turkish border and they had already killed several civilians who tried to cross border from Syria to Turkey, including a woman.
According to numerous reports the Turkish Gendarmerie has direct communications and coordination with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups in Idlib. Furthermore Gendarmes have excellent relations with Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). They cooperate with HTS’ Civil Administration to manage Bab al-Hawa border crossing.