Trees cut down and mercenary families from Idlib settled in Afrin

The Turkish invasion of Afrin has left two years behind. During this period of time, the Turkish state and allied mercenaries have committed numerous crimes and massacres.

The Afrin region occupied by the Turkish state and allied mercenaries for two years is witnessing never-ending inhuman practices and destruction of nature by the occupation forces.

Sources in the city report that hundreds of mercenary families have been brought to Afrin from Idlib where Syrian troops are carrying out an operation. These have been settled in the houses of the local people who have been displaced by the Turkish invasion.

The same sources state that the residents who remain in the city are forced to leave their homes where families of mercenaries are eventually accommodated.

On the other hand, reports suggest that Turkish forces have removed the Turkish flags that were hanged on public buildings after the invasion of the city. While Turkish flags remain hanged only on military bases, no information has been received yet on the reason for the mentioned situation.

In the meantime, occupation forces continue destroying nature in the region. Members of the Turkish-backed Jabha al-Shamiya mercenary group have cut down the olive trees belonging to residents of the Mereske village in the Shera district.

According to Afrin Human Rights Organization, the occupation forces have cut down more than 15,000 olive trees in the Afrin region since it was invaded.

According to the recorded data, 3 to 5 million trees were plundered by the invaders.

Only 160 are left of the total 300 olive plants in Afrin after its occupation. The Turkish state held these plants to ransom, causing a significant decrease in the soap production in the canton. A 25 percent decrease has been recorded in the production of commercial products.