100 more trees cut down in Afrin

The Turkish forces and allied mercenaries continue committing crimes in the territories they have invaded in North-East Syria in violation of international law.

The Turkish-backed mercenary group al-Amshat have cut down 100 trees in the village of Kaxira in Mabata district of Afrin. The trees were turned into wood and put on the market for sale.

Following the Turkish state's occupation of Afrin in 2018, a regime of terror and plunder was established. While the region's principal resource, olives and olive-based goods, were taken and commercialized on a global scale, thousands of trees were either cut down and smuggled into Turkey or sold in occupied territories.

According to a report dated 30 December 2021 by the Afrin-Syria Human Rights Organization, about 333,900 olive trees and trees in forest regions have been cut down in the last four years. Twelve thousand olive trees and other sorts of trees were destroyed.

In the report, it was noted that “Olives, stolen commodities, and assets, are marketed, as if they were Turkish goods, in global markets such as Spain and the United States. Since last year, confiscated olive trees and supplies have been transported to the Hemam village of Cindirês and moved to the Turkish side."