Crimes Against Kurds

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Crimes Against Kurds

Friday 1st May, 2020

Deir Ez-zor Province – ISIS armed members attacked a checkpoint affiliated to Syria Democratic Forces in Daman village in the eastern countryside of Deir Ez-zor. The attack left an Iraqi ISIS member dead, while five SDF members sustained injuries.

Yesterday, sources monitored an attack by four members of ISIS cell on an SDF military vehicle near the gas plant in Jadidat Akidat town in eastern countryside of Deir ez-zor. The attack left three SDF fighters injured.

Wednesday 22nd April, 2020

Ali Ahmed, 74, from the town of Medanki, in the Sharran district of Afrin, lost his life today due to the wounds he sustained. According to a local source, Ali was beaten with sticks after he objected to grazing livestock belonging to elements of the "Sultan Murad", in his field. This is the second crime against the elderly this week in Afrin as Kurdish woman, Fatima Ibrahim Kana, 80, was found dead in her home in the village of Haikja on April 18th, 2020, signs of strangulation were found around her neck as well as clear traces of a beating on her body.

Saturday 18th April, 2020

The Jihadist militias linked with the Turkish army recruited two children to carry out a suicide attack against the Kurdish troops of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in north of Syria.

A Turkey-backed Jihadist group sent two children, aged less than 15, disguised as shepherds, to carry out a suicide attack on SDF troops. One of the children blew himself up before reaching the SDF target, injuring the second child in explosive vest. The SDF in a nearby position managed to arrest the injured child and took him for treatment.

Sunday 5th April, 2020

Turkey released Faisal Blou, known as Emir (Prince) Abu Ahmed, a former official of ISIS responsible for murders and kidnappings of Syrians after he was held in a prison of a Turkish-backed group in Tal Abyad.

The former ISIS official was responsible for the killings and kidnappings of dozens of civilians during the ISIS control period, as the report included a testimony about Blou’s role in the killing of five members of a family who had been displaced from Raqqa to Tal Abyad in 2015.

Wednesday 25th March, 2020

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) voiced support for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ call the previous day for a global ceasefire in order to focus on fighting the coronavirus.

“The General Command of the Syrian Democratic Forces declares its commitment to global efforts which aim to combat coronavirus with support and effective response to this situation,” the SDF Command said in a statement.

Thursday 19th March, 2020

Turkey’s invasion of the northwest Syrian district of Afrin two years ago led to widespread ethnic cleansing and displaced some 180,000 Kurds, fundamentally upending the region’s long-established demographics. Before the Syrian conflict began in 2011, Afrin was estimated to have a population of 400,000, but that increased significantly when between 200,000 and 300,000 displaced Syrians sought sanctuary in the region. Syrian Kurdish officials said Afrin’s population was 85 percent Kurdish before the invasion, but said two years later, the Kurdish population had been reduced to 20 percent.

Wednesday 11th March, 2020

Turkish occupation experts destroy “Tel Andib” in search for antiquities. In this context, the Turkish occupation continues to steal and destroy archaeological sites in the Afrin region, where more than twenty archaeological sites have been documented which have been vandalized by the Turkish occupier and the militants of Islamic militias, which are hills, churches and castles, also, the ruins of the village of Albiskeh were stolen and destroyed, including mosaic paintings.

Wednesday 26th February, 2020

Turkish Bombardments Kill Three Members of Kurdish Family in Afrin. According to a human rights monitoring group, the bombardments were focused on the villages of Aqibe and Sokhanke, as the result of which, a couple with their 12-year-old daughter were killed.

The family were originally from Bremja village, but they escaped to Aqiba in 2018 after Turkey attacked their areas.

Sunday 23rd February, 2020

The mercenaries of the Turkish occupation kidnapped five civilians among them two women from Om AlKeif village in the countryside of Tel Tamr city. The fate of them is still unknown.

Monday 17th February, 2020

Turkish Mercenaries have kidnapped a young woman from Efrîn. Her name is Eyşe Xelîl Kadro and she is from Efrîn's Kefer Sefrê village in Cindirese district. Her fate is unknown but knowing the Mercenaries crimes to women we fear the worst.

Sunday 16th February, 2020

Suad Mustafa, the Mother of slain Hevrin Khalaf, female Syrian Kurdish politician, called on the UN, the US, human rights organizations, and international courts for justice, saying, “I want Erdogan to be held responsible for this crime. Hevrin devoted her life to unity and brotherhood of all people in the region. Every perpetrator should be tried for her assassination.”

Monday 10th February, 2020

The Islamic State (IS) has executed one civilian for cooperating with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Members of the Islamic State sleeper cells broke into the house of a civilian in Al-Hawaij village in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor they then took the civilian to the village’s desert, and then cut his head off with a sharp object. "Then, they brought his body to the village center and they o pened fired into the air, for dealing with SDF.

Thursday 30th January, 2020

Kurdish Girl, Zuleika Ottman, was kidnapped by Abu Ali of Erdogan's Hamza Mercenaries from Hêsen village in Efrîn's Reco District, 10 days ago. She was received in an Idlib Hospital suffering from severe internal bleeding from rape, she has been placed in intensive care.

Sunday 19th January, 2020

Mohamed Fatih's group kidnapped a group of 10 civilians from the village of Ko in Afrin, including three women. The three women are: Amina Kg, Hatice Hassan and Hatice Mohamed. Among the men taken are: Ahmed Mustafa, Bhagat Hassan, Good Arif, Bhagat Mukhtar and Mustafa Hassan.

It is reported that the kidnapped are mostly civilians who were previously investigated for dealing with Kurdish self-administration.

Saturday 11th January, 2020

The body of a 5-year-old girl named Erwa, who disappeared a month ago in Efrin, was found in an olive orchard in Mabeta. FSA gangs say that the small child froze to death, but some sources say the child died as a result of sexual abuse by the gangs. If she had frozen to death in the olive orchard she would have been found long before so their story can not be true but sadly her death won't be investigated properly either.

Friday 3rd January, 2020

Mahmoud Omari Hassan, born in 1992, has cerebral palsy and he has been arrested, beaten and detained in Serê Kaniyê (Ras al-Ain). A doctor who has been treating Mahmoud for the past 20 years stated he would be in serious danger if left without medical attention. Mahmoud is being kept in Ras al-Ain with a group known as Hamzat affiliated to the Turkish-backed militia with the misleading name, the Syrian National Army (SNA). It is openly and directly supported by Ankara.

Thursday 2nd January, 2020

A protest took place in Gre Spi (Tel Abyad) today, demanding that the fighter with Faylaq al-Majd, a Turkish-backed faction, who killed a local taxi driver Ammar Al-Hajji, during a robbery attempt, be handed over for execution.

A local source said that Ammar al-Hajji, who worked as a taxi driver in Gre Spi (Tel Abyad), took some militants of the Turkish-backed armed militia of Failaq al-Majd, to the village of Kendar. When they arrived, Turkish affiliated militants tried to steal al-Hajji's car and his money, but he resisted them, prompting them to kill him.

Tuesday 17th December, 2019

Commander of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Mazlum Abdi, has once again accused Turkey of leading a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Kurds in northern Syria. Abdi, whose fighters played a key role in defeating the Islamic State (IS) in Syria, said in an interview that Turkey has a plan for a demographic change in the Kurdish areas of north and northeast Syria through, what Abdi calls, “an invasion”.

The SDF have also accused Turkey of continuing its attacks on the Kurdish-held areas, saying that a number of US-backed Kurdish fighters were killed recently.

Friday 13th December, 2019

It is alleged Abdo Othman Hamza Cmndr has commited countless crimes against the people of Syria, mostly to the people of Efrîn where it is claimed he along with his gangs have murdered, extorted, kidnapped, burned properties and looted. Witnesses claim in particular Hamza cmndr Abdo Othman took part in the crime of suffocating an elderly lady to death.

Several reports are now indicating he has left Syria for Holland in Europe.

Wednesday 4th December, 2019

Today 10 people were laid to rest (8 of them children, 2 were elderly) after a Turkish mortar strike on a school in the village of Tel Rifat, Syria on Monday. The youngest was the 3-year-old Abdullah Fattah Aliko. French President Emmanuel Macron came forward during the NATO summit by criticizing Turkey’s approach in Northeast Syria, “The common enemy today is the terrorist groups. I’m sorry to say, we don’t have the same definition of terrorism around the table,” and went onto call out Turkey’s relationship with ISIS, “When I look at Turkey they are fighting against those who fought with us shoulder to shoulder against ISIS (Islamic State) and sometimes they work with ISIS proxies.”

Wednesday 20th November, 2019

Turkish drone strike on a civilian truck in Qerosol village, Kobane countryside early evening today.

Rokisan (22) and her sister Newroz, (25) were wounded and after arriving at Kobane hospital they have been transferred on to Manbij. Two deaths are confirmed - one is their brother, Nizam Mahmoud Feto (20) the other is their cousin, Haci Hemed Sali.

Tuesday 19th November, 2019

Reports indicate that 40 Turkish soldiers, including a Major General, have been recalled to Hatay after being implicated in human trafficking in Afrin.

A pro-Free Syrian Army Telegram channel posted evidence of the ring early this week after Turkish officials refused to release a FSA-affiliated media worker. Photographs of official identity cards belonging to at least two Turkish security personnel were published, along with photographs of some of their victims.

Saturday 14th November, 2019

The west can expect major ISIS attacks thanks to Syria failure Kurdish General Mazloum Kobani warns.

"The Turkish offensive into SDF-held territory—also known as Rojava—had taken the pressure off ISIS fighters who survived the Western-backed campaign to destroy their so-called caliphate in Syria. The danger of the resurgence of ISIS is very big. And it's a serious danger. I think there are many people who don't know this but it's true. The Turkish aggression opened the space and provided hope for ISIS members."

Sunday 3rd November, 2019

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres appeared to back a Turkish plan to settle millions of mostly Arab refugees from other parts of Syria in an area where more than 180,000 Kurds had been forced to flee in recent weeks.

The UN also did not say the 180,000 civilians, which its own experts have recorded fleeing, have a right to return to their homes in northern Syria. Instead the UNHCR, will now be asked to study the proposal to replace them with 3.6 million other Syrian refugees who live in Turkey.

Sunday 27th October, 2019

Last night the cumulative work of 70 USA soldiers, 50 Kurdistan Peshmerga forces, and 100 Kurdish led Syrian Democratic forces (SDF) came to fruition in the operations which killed the Islamic State Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Barisha village, Idlib, North West Syria.

"A successful historical operation as a result of joint intelligence work with the United States" said SDF General Commander Mazloum Abdi.

Thursday 24th October, 2019

Kurdish General Mazloum Kobani Abdi, 52, leader of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is a “wanted terrorist” and the US must hand him over to Turkey, Erdogan said in an interview with state-owned TRT.

On Sunday, Commander Mazlum Kobani of SDF said he had been invited to visit Washington but declined to say by whom or when he might go.

Tuesday 22nd October, 2019

Russia and Turkey announced a wide-ranging agreement that would establish joint Russian and Turkish patrols along much of the Turkish and Syrian border within six days to create a "Safe Zone". The Russian-Turkish agreement says Kurdish militias must withdraw into Syrian territory beyond 30 km from the Turkish border.

The SDF have not announced acceptance of this agreement however they have agreed to the new 150 hour ceasefire.

Friday 18th October, 2019

Turkey started bombing and shelling Serekaniye (Ras Al-Ain) this morning after they announced ceasefire.

YPJ commander in Serekaniye (Ras Al-Ain) countryside says that Turkish-backed factions are reassuring one another over radios that they will not back down or stop fighting even if there is a ceasefire.

Thursday 17th October, 2019

Turkish military shells Ras Al-Ain Hospital in conjunction with the announcement of the ceasefire by the U.S.A. and Turkish sides.

Third time today so far and there are reports of civilian casualties in the hospital.

Thursday 17th October, 2019

Peace agreement has been made between U.S.A. and Turkey.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu: We've agreed with Washington that the Turkish forces will be in control of the safe zone in northern Syria. A five-day Turkish cease-fire in northern Syria has been agreed to allow for a Kurdish withdrawal from a 32 mile safety zone along the Turkey Syria border.

Tuesday 15th October, 2019

Serekaniye (Ras al-Ain) - Kurdish fighters battled to defend a key border town from Turkish-backed forces today as Russia seized on the US withdrawal to move its troops into new areas.

- Erdogan vows to continue -

Tuesday 15th October, 2019

As Turkey continues its onslaught of northeast Syria, the Syrian Kurds are using a sophisticated network of tunnels and other battlefield tactics to recapture some of the territory seized by Turkish-backed forces.

The group built a defensive network of tunnels beneath key towns throughout northeast Syria as a contingency against a Turkish invasion. Now, with U.S. troops evacuating and no U.S. air support, the Kurdish fighters are successfully using the tunnels to defend the border towns.

Tuesday 15th October, 2019

- Families are sleeping on floor of schools without blankets or mattresses

- Lack of food, especially bread, maternal milk, drinking water and hygiene stations

- The city oven cannot feed the refugee influx, so village ovens are being used to distribute bread to the schools.

Tuesday 15th October, 2019

Which groups are fighting on Turkey's side in Syria?

Monday 14th October, 2019

Kurdish forces strike deal with Damascus, Moscow to repel Turkey.

The announcement represents a major shift in alliances for Syria's Kurds, who were longtime partners with the U.S.A. in the fight against the Islamic State militant group. The decision also sets up a potential clash between Turkey and the Syrian government and raises the possibility of a resurgent Islamic State group.

Saturday 12th October, 2019

Kurds accuse Turkey of using white phosphorus on civilian targets.

In a statement issued, the Kurdish administration said Turkey had resorted to their use because of unexpectedly stiff resistance by Kurdish fighters in the key border town of Ras al-Ain.

Wednesday 9th October, 2019

Turkey launches offensive against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria.

Turkey’s government launched a long-expected offensive into northeastern Syria on today, with airstrikes and shelling targeting Syrian Kurdish fighters who have played a central role in aiding the U.S.-led battle against the Islamic State militant group. Turkey’s goal is to push back the Syrian Kurds, considered enemies by Turkey, from the border region. Turkey also claims the buffer region would be fit for the resettlement of millions of Syrian refugees residing in Turkey.

Monday 7th October, 2019

US to let Turkish forces move into Syria, dumping Kurdish allies

The White House has given the green light to a Turkish offensive into northern Syria, moving US forces out of the area in an abrupt foreign policy change that will in effect abandon the Kurds, Washington’s longtime military partner. Kurdish forces have spearheaded the campaign against Islamic State in the region, but the policy swerve, after a phone conversation between Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on yesterday.