The Turkish Army and its allied militants have kidnapped and detained hundreds of civilians in Afrin in Northwestern Aleppo since occupying the region, media reports said on Tuesday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that there are currently 2,090 residents of Afrin who had been abducted from Northwestern Aleppo are still in custody of the Turkish Army and its allied militants known as ‘Olive Fury’.
The SOHR noted that over 3,000 civilians have been kidnapped by the Ankara-backed militants since occupation of Afrin region last March, and said that civilians usually pay more than 10 million Syrian lira to the Turkish Army and Ankara-backed militants to secure their release.
In a relevant development in late June, the Kurdish-language media outlets reported that a large number of civilians had been arrested by Turkey-backed militants in Afrin Northwest of Aleppo.
The Kurdish-language Hawar News website quoted local sources in Afrin as saying that the Ankara-backed militants raided civilians’ houses in the center of Mobata region in Afrin.
The sources reiterated that at least 300 civilians, most of them women, children and elderlies were arrested in the raids by Turkey-backed terrorists.
They pointed to beating up and torture of civilians while they were in custody, and said that there is still no report on their whereabouts.