At least 73 civilians abducted in Afrin in 16 days

Occupation forces have kidnapped at least 73 people in Afrin region in the last 16 days.

Reports from the ground say that Ebdo Ibis and his son Menan Ebdo Ibis were abducted in Jindires district of Afrin on September 15, Sunday.

According to local sources, the father and son have been taken to Turkey.

On September 13, Turkish-backed mercenaries kidnapped young man Şiyar Nezmî Hemo in Sherawa district. They have reportedly asked for 15,000 dollars from the young man’s family to release him.

On the same day, 9 civilians were kidnapped by Faylaq al-Sham mercenaries in Derbelut village of Jindires.

These attacks, targeting civilians, have been scaled up in recent months. Hundreds of people have been kidnapped since the beginning of July. In July and August, the number of kidnapped was over 500. According to the ANF, at least 73 people have been kidnapped since the beginning of September. The actual number is estimated to be higher.

Afrin is under the occupation of the Turkish state and its mercenary allies for over a year now. The attacks of the Turkish state against Afrin began on 20 January 2018 and the invasion of the city was carried out on 18 March 2018.

Since the invasion, war crimes have been systematically committed in the region. Almost every day, crimes such as the confiscation of property belonging to local people, kidnapping of civilians for ransom, torture or executions are carried out.