70-year-old woman killed in Turkish-occupied Afrin

Invasion forces continue their crimes in the northern Syrian city of Afrin, which has been occupied by the Turkish army and allied mercenaries since 2018.

The Human Rights Organisation Afrin-Syria announced that a woman was killed in the northern Syrian canton of Afrin occupied by the Turkish state.

According to the report, 70-year-old Qedriye Elî died as a result of gunfire in the neighborhood of Marate in central Afrin on June 3, Saturday.

The organisation reported that the woman from the village of Kobaka was shot in front of the station base of Turkish-allied Sultan Mihemed al-Fatih mercenaries.

While the woman was taken to the Avrin Hospital in Afrin, it came out that she had been shot dead with a silenced gun.

Afrin occupied since 2018

Afrin Canton was the westernmost canton of Rojava and North and East Syria, home to 200,000 ethnic Kurds. Though the population was overwhelmingly Kurdish, it was home to diverse religious groups including Yazidis, Alevis and Christians alongside Sunni Muslims.

On 20 January 2018, Turkey launched air strikes on 100 locations in Afrin, as the onset of an invasion they dubbed ‘Operation Olive Branch.’

The Turkish Airforce indiscriminately shelled civilians as well as YPG/YPJ positions, while a ground assault was carried out by factions and militias organised under the umbrella of the Turkish-backed National Army.

By 15 March, Turkish-backed militias had encircled Afrin city and placed it under artillery bombardment. A Turkish airstrike struck the city’s only functioning hospital, killing 16 civilians.

Civilians fled and the SDF retreated, and by 18 March Turkey was in de facto occupation of Afrin. Between 400 and 500 civilians died in the invasion, overwhelmingly as a result of Turkish bombing. Other civilians were summarily executed in the field.

Prior to the Turkish invasion, Afrin had been one of the most peaceful and secure parts of Syria, virtually never seeing combat during the civil war bar occasional skirmishes between YPG/YPJ and jihadi forces on its borders. As a result, Afrin offered peaceful sanctuary to over 300,000 internally displaced people from elsewhere in Syria.