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Afrin: Elderly couple claim Turkish-backed rebels stormed, looted home

By Rudaw 16/2/2019
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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – An elderly couple in Afrin claim Turkish-backed Syrian rebels stormed into their home on Friday night, bound and beat them, and looted their belongings. 

In footage seen by Rudaw, the Kurdish couple – both in their eighties – stand in a room which appears to have been trashed, with clothes and household objects scattered across the floor. 

During the short video, which could not be independently verified, they accuse members of the militia group Ahrar al-Sharqiya of storming into their home in the village of Kuran, Rajo, in the canton of Afrin, northwest Syria.

Omer Arus and his wife, both aged 85, claim the militants bound their limbs for several hours and beat them.

Arus says they stole all the money they had.

“As soon as they broke in, they attacked us and laid us down, tying up our hands and legs,” he said.

“They took all the money we had amounting to $450 as well as 25,000 Syrian [lira],” Arus added.

Neither Ahrar al-Sharqiya nor Turkish forces in Afrin have commented on the alleged incident. It is unclear why the elderly couple’s home was targeted. 

The Kurdish province of Afrin fell to Turkish forces and their Syrian proxies in mid-March 2018 after intense fighting with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

Thousands of Kurds were displaced from their homes and have not been able to return.

Although Rudaw has been unable to corroborate the Kuran incident, there have been several reports of Syrian militiamen looting Kurdish homes and abusing residents. The UN has raised concerns with Turkish authorities about allegations of abuse and ethnic cleansing.

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Dimler | 16/2/2019
May those jihadi savages and their Turkish masters all pay a price of which they never recover
Tak | 16/2/2019
This is a method deployed by Turkey and their Syrian proxies to drive the few remaining Kurdish civilians out of Afrin. NGO's have documented hundreds of such cases, Turkey is held responsible for these systematic crimes against the few remaining Kurdish civilians in Afrin.
Rob3 | 16/2/2019
Even animals wouldn't attack and rob such elderly people, this is the fate of any Syrian Kurdish territory which falls under Turkish occupation.
Mohamedzzz | 17/2/2019
Without an independent Kurdistan Kurds are destined to keep suffering, Kurds fought on behalf of other powers, now is the time to fight Turkey for their independence, if Kurds can't have what they want, then be it, NO PEACE TO NO ONE., without the Kurds there can't be peace in the whole area, Vietnamese won the war against a superpower like US, mediocrity can bury Kurds to another 100, 200, or 500 years of humiliation and suffering.
Shervan | 17/2/2019
We should not forget that the KRG, especially the two corrupt familys, are on the side of this jihadis. Our "leadership" is anti kurdish. Just watch their allies.
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