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Turkish attacks against Afrin region during 2017

NURHAT HASSEN

AFRIN- The Turkish occupation army launched more than 576 attacks against Afrin region lands during 2017, and that led to killing dozens of civilians and wounding dozens of them, in addition to inflicting serious damage to the civilians’ possessions.

The Turkish occupation army uprooted 11,337 olive and forest trees, and burnt more than 204 hectors of the agricultural lands in Afrin region; moreover, they killed and tortured 54 civilians. As People Protection Units (YPG) and the revolutionary forces repelled the attacks, they killed and wounded 301 elements of the Turkish mercenaries and soldiers; moreover, they destroyed and wrecked weapons and equipment of the mercenaries. In addition to that, the Turkish warplanes and drones hovered dozens of times over the region.

In this dossier, we will show you a panorama of the most prominent violations and attacks of the Turkish occupation army against Afrin region lands during 2017.

JANUARY…

In January 12, the Turkish occupation army uprooted 600 olive trees in Arab Jumaa village. In January 16, after the Turkish occupation penetrated into its lands of 250 m, and during uprooting the trees, the army advanced 50 m deeper.

In January 15/16, the Turkish occupation army uprooted 4,017 trees in Mitlaq village in Shiah district in Afrin canton aiming at completing building the barrier.

The Turkish occupation army entered of 300 m deeper into Gurda village in Bulbul district, and it started building the barrier in January 22. In the same month, 25, the Turkish occupation army got into North Kurdistan with a depth of 600 m in Ikidameh village and uprooted 200 olive trees.

February…

In February 6, the Turkish occupation army and its mercenary gangs launched a coincident attack against Qatma, Maranaz and Belon villages, and YPG responded to the attack, and destroyed a military vehicle, a cannon and a front loader of the mercenaries. The next day, the units destroyed another front loader during repelling the attacks.

In February 8, the Turkish occupation army entered again with a depth of 500 m into Gurda village in Bulbul district, and it uprooted 130 forest trees. In February 10, the Turkish soldiers attacked and tortured 3 civilians from Afrin canton during their returning to the canton near Topal village in Bulbul district, and the citizens are Jamil Abdul Qader whose age is 16, Izzat Shukry who is at 16, and Ahmad Kamal is 25 years old.

In February 28, a mine blasted in a family from Hazwn village in al-Shahba canton that resulted in killing Muhammad Abdullah Khazma, Ahmad Khazma, and Amira Khazma who was 9 months, while Fatima Hamdo got wounded, and the citizen Muhdiya al-Ghawiya lost her hands and legs.

March…

In March 3, the Turkish mercenary gangs carried out an attack against Maranaz village in Shara district in Afrin, and YPG, YPJ intervened, and intermittent clashes erupted and resulted in killing a mercenary.

YPG released a statement stating that in March 7, 40 Turkish soldiers entered Rojava lands by Firfirk village in Rajo district in Afrin canton, and Turkish drones hovered over the area. Moreover, after their units intervened, clashes erupted in the area. According to what YPG documented, 2 Turkish soldiers got wounded, and a drone was downed.

During March 21/22, the Turkish occupation army bombarded villages in Shia and Janders districts with 300 mortars, and that resulted in wounding 4 citizens; 3 of them are from Deir Balloot whose names are Shiyar is 25 years old, Rezan Darwish is 27 years old, and Ahmad Mustafa who is 25 years old, and from Khalil village in Shia district, the civilian Hassen Sheikh Ali who is 25 years old got wounded.

In March 23, the Turkish occupation army occupied 11 hectors of Baliya and Topal villages’ territories in Bulbul district in Afrin, and it uprooted 400 olive trees and 120 forest trees. YPG managed to destroy a Turkish vehicle after they repelled the attacks of the Turkish occupation army in the axis of Maranaz, al-Malkiya and Villat Qadi villages in March 27.

In March 30, The Turkish occupation army launched an attack against the villages of al-Shahba areas, and the attacks resulted in inflicting serious financial damage to the civilians’ possessions. YPG responded to the fire sources and killed 5 mercenaries and wounded 40 others. The next day, the mercenaries launched again another attack against the villages of al-Shahba Dam; Qawl Seroj, Om Housh, Maranaz, Ain Daqnah, Tel Rifat, and Sheikh Issa in al-Shahba canton, and the revolutionary forces repelled them and destroyed a Turkish vehicle loaded by Dushka.

April…

The mercenaries of the Turkish occupation army who are stationed in Mare’ town and Tel Maled launched an attack against Om Housh, Qawl Seroj, Tel Madiq, Samouqah, Hassiya, Halisa villages in al-Shahba canton in April 5 using tanks and armored vehicles, and the revolutionary forces repelled the attacks and killed 7 mercenaries.

In April, the mercenaries launched an attack on the villages of al-Shahba canton, and the revolutionary forces repelled the attacks and destroyed a vehicle of Pick Up kind. In April 11, the Turkish occupation army bombarded Om Housh village in al-Shahba canton, and 4 civilians got wounded and they were taken to Afrin Hospital in Afrin.

In April 15 at the morning hours, while the citizen Nadim Horo Muhammad from Baliya village in Bulbul district in Afrin canton was heading towards his field to work, the Turkish occupation army targeted him and shoot fire at him that resulted in wounding his leg with 2 bullets.

In March 18, the mercenaries of the Turkish occupation army attacked al-Shahba Dam villages; Hassiya, Om Housh, Zoyan, Harbal, and Sheikh Issa, and the revolutionary forces responded to the attacks and wounded 9 mercenaries.

In April 26, the Turkish occupation army launched again an attack against the villages of al-Shahba Dam; Tel Jijan, Hassiya, Tel Madiq, al-Wahshiya, al-Sha’ala, Harbal, Tel Rifat, Sheikh Issa, al-Wardiya, Hassajak, Ain Daqnah, and Ming in al-Shahba canton, and the revolutionary forces repelled them, and killed 4 mercenaries and wounded other 11.

In April 27, the Turkish occupation army launched an attack against Shia, Rajo, and Janders districts, and YPG, YPJ repelled the attack firmly, and they killed 17 soldiers of the Turkish occupation army, and destroyed 2 Turkish police stations and their armored vehicle.

A day after, the Turkish occupation army bombarded the tower of Afrin F.M Station, and the bombardment resulted in stopping its broadcasting.

May…

In May 1, the mercenary gangs of the Turkish occupation army targeted Robar camp for refugees that contains more than 5,000 refugees all over Syria, and that led to wounding 4 refugees as they were taken to Afrin Hospital in Afrin.

In May 3, the Turkish occupation army launched an attack on Samouqah, Tel Madiq, and Hassiya villages in al-Shahba canton, and the revolutionary forces repelled them, killed 3 mercenaries and wounded 4 others.

In May 5, the Turkish occupation army bombarded the villages of al-Shahba canton, and the revolutionary forces repelled them. During the repletion, 8 mercenaries were killed. In May 13, 5 civilians got wounded and another one lost his life in Om Housh village in the result of the intensive bombardment of the Turkish occupation army and its mercenaries on Tel Madiq, Hassiya, Samouqah, and Om Housh villages in al-Shahba canton.

In May 14, the mercenaries of the Turkish occupation army who are stationed in Kaljibreen village launched attacks against Harbal, Om Housh, Samouqah, Sheikh Issa, and Qawl Seroj villages. In addition, the revolutionary forces repelled the attacks, and 4 mercenaries got wounded in the axis of Kaljibreen village.

In May 21, the mercenaries of the Turkish occupation army who are stationed in Samaan Citadel launched an attack against Iska village in Sherawa district in Afrin canton, and YPG, YPJ repelled the attacks and killed 3 mercenaries and wounded other 6 ones.

In May 24, the Turkish occupation army launched an attack against Sheikh Issa, Om Housh, and Harbal villages, and the revolutionary forces repelled them, and killed some mercenaries in the axis of Mare’ occupied town. In May 26, the Turkish occupation army launched an attack against Iska village in Afrin canton, and another mercenary was killed after YPG responded to the attack.

In May 29, the Turkish occupation army bombarded the civilians’ lands that were planted with wheat and barley, and that resulted in burning 4 hectors of the planted lands in Diwa village in Janders village in Afrin. The next day, 2 mercenaries were killed while YPG fighters were repelling the attack against Iska.

June…

In June 3, the Turkish occupation army launched an attack against Basofan village in Sherawa district in Afrin canton, and YPG, YPJ repelled them and killed a mercenary. The day after, the revolutionary forces responded to the bombardment sources of the mercenaries against the liberated villages in al-Shahba canton, and that resulted in wounding 4 mercenaries who were taken to the hospital of the occupied town of Mare’, and YPG also killed 2 mercenaries after foiling an attack against Janders district.

In June 5, YPG, YPJ foiled an infiltration process of the Turkish occupation army in Celemê and Diwa villages in Janders district in Afrin canton, and 2 mercenaries were killed there. In June 7, the fighters of the revolutionary forces wrecked a vehicle of BMB kind of the Turkish occupation army after they repelled the mercenaries’ attack against al-Shahba areas.

The next day, the Turkish occupation army launched a fierce attack against Ming, Alqamiyah villages in al-Shahba canton, and Qastal Jando village in Afrin canton. During the revolutionary forces and YPG’s repletion, 25 mercenaries were killed, and 13 bodies of them were kept at the fighters’ hands. Moreover, the IDs of AFAD Organization were found in their pockets.

In June 13, the mercenaries of the Turkish occupation army who are stationed in Samaan Citadel launched an attack against Basofan village, and YPG, YPJ repelled firmly to the attack, and killed more than 50 mercenaries as 28 bodies of them were kept at the fighters’ hands. Furthermore, the fighters destroyed 7 vehicles loaded by weapons, and they seized an amount of weapons and ammunition.

The day after, the Turkish occupation army bombarded Tel Rifat city, and the villages of Sheikh Issa, Om Housh, Harbal, and Shiekh Hilal in al-Shahba canton with more than 50 mortars. The bombardment resulted in losing the girl Hamida al-Salim her life, and wounding 5 members of her family who are Fatima, Hana, Faisal, Hanan and her mother Hasna.

The fighters of the Rebels Army foiled an infiltration process of the Turkish mercenaries into Tel Madiq village in al-Shahba canton in June 18, and 5 mercenaries were killed. The fighters of the revolutionary forces killed 10 mercenaries and wounded other 7 of them, and they seized military equipment and wrecked some of them during their repelling to the attacks of the Turkish occupation army and its mercenaries against al-Shahba canton villages and towns.

In June 18, the Turkish occupation army attacked Iska village in Afrin canton, and YPG, YPJ responded to the attack and killed 5 mercenaries, in addition to wounding 6 others. Moreover, a checkpoint of the mercenaries was completely destroyed.

July…

The mercenaries of the Turkish occupation army who are stationed in Azaz city intensively bombarded Qastal Jendo, Jelbere and Maranaz villages in Afrin canton in July 3, and the bombardment resulted in wounding 4 civilians among them the citizen Sabah Issa. The same day, the Turkish occupation army burnt 200 hectors of the agricultural lands in al-Shahba canton.

On the same day, the mercenaries resumed their attack against Kafar Antwan village in al-Shahba canton, and that resulted in losing 3 civilians to their lives and wounding 8 others.

The day after, the mercenaries bombarded Ahras village in al-Shahba canton, and that resulted in wounding 2 civilians whose names are Fuad Hanifi, and he was at 25, and Ahmad Hanifi who was at 18. The Turkish occupation army and its mercenaries also targeted Tel Rifat city, and Sheikh Issa village with mortars, and the revolutionary forces repelled the attacks that resulted in killing 13 mercenaries in the axis of Mare’ occupied town.

In July 15, the mercenaries of the Turkish occupation army launched attacks against al-Shahba canton towns and villages. The response of the revolutionary forces to the attacks resulted in killing 3 mercenaries and wounding 4 others in the axis of Mare’ town. On the same day, the Turkish occupation army bombarded the villages of Qatma and Stera, and the center of Afrin canton that resulted in wounding the citizen Yamen Keway who is 19 years old, and killing the citizen Hannan Dogan whose age was 30.

In July 18, the Turkish occupation army and its mercenaries launched an attack against Ain Daqnah village in Share district in Afrin canton, and YPG, YPJ repelled the attack firmly, and killed 30 mercenaries among them 5 Turkish soldiers, and the bodies of the soldiers were kept at the hands of YPG fighters.

In July 27, the mercenaries of the Turkish occupation army infiltrated into al-Shahba villages, and the revolutionary forces foiled the infiltration process, and killed 16 mercenaries. In July 29, the revolutionary forces responded to Turkish occupation’s attacks against al-Shahba villages as they wounded 3 mercenaries and wreaked a Turkish military vehicle.

August…

In August 2, the Turkish occupation army killed 4 civilians on the artificial border between Bakur Kurdistan and Afrin canton. The next day, the Turkish occupation army targeted the citizen Sami Bazo from Iska village in Sherawa district in Afrin canton with a ballet. In August 4, YPG foiled an attack of the Turkish occupation army against Ain Daqnah village, blasted a booby trapped vehicle, and downed a drone that related to the Turkish occupation army.

In August 6, the Turkish occupation army attacked the villages of al-Shahba canton with heavy and light weapons, and the revolutionary forces repelled them, and destroyed a tank and vehicle loaded by Dushka. In August 13, the Turkish occupation army bombarded again Robar camp in Afrin canton. in August 23, a mine that was remained by Turkish occupation army blasted in the citizen Raw’aa Sheikho in Hessajek village in al-Shahba canton, and that resulted in killing her.

In August 29, 6 citizens got wounded with various wounds in the result of the bombardment of the Turkish occupation army on the center of Afrin canton with artillery shelling. The citizens are Kamal Ali who is at 45, Muhammad Ali and Farida Topal at 32, the child Khalil Muhammad who is 14 years old, Mawlida Ahmad Topal who is 19-year-old and Yasmin Topal.

October…

In October 25, the Turkish occupation army launched an attack against Tel Baderkhan in Janders area in Afrin canton with heavy and light weapons, and YPG, YPJ repelled the attack, and killed a commander of the mercenaries. In October 26, the Turkish occupation army uprooted 40 olive trees of the people in Rajo area in Afrin. In October 28, the Turkish occupant army uprooted 70 olive trees and 50 almonds trees in Shingele village in Rajo area.

November…

In November 6, the Turkish occupation army uprooted 150 forest trees in order to complete building the barrier. In November 18, the mercenaries targeted the surrounding of Tel Başûr in Janders area in Afrin with mortars that resulted in losing 3 civilians to their lives.

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