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Afrin: Turkey-Backed Terrorists Continue Looting Historical Sites, Kidnapping Children

18 October 2018 15:24

Turkey-backed militants have intensified plundering historical artifact in occupied Afrin region, a media outlet reported on Wednesday, adding that the same groups of militants are also putting children under custody in Northwestern Aleppo to force their family to pay for their release.

The Kurdish-language Hawar news reported that Ankara-backed militias have started excavation operations in Tal Holbiyeh in Sher region after looting historical artifacts in Qala Nabi Houri in Afrin.

It further said that Turkey-backed militants have conducted excavation operations in Tal Andara, Tal Jandaris and other historical sites in Akbas square and Albikaseh region in Rajou, adding that the under-excavation sites are on the verge of complete destruction.

Hawar news went on to say that Ankara-backed militants kidnapped a child in Afrin city and asked a hefty amount of money for ransom, adding that over 20 civilians have been arrested by the militants who have asked for almost $20,000 for releasing each.

Hawar news had also reported on Saturday that governor of Turkey’s Hatay had called on Ankara-backed militants in Afrin in Northwestern Aleppo to hand over the entire olive crops to the Turkish province.

In the meantime, Salah Ibo, the deputy head of Afrin Agriculture Department, said that Ankara intended to steal $100 mln of Afrin residents’ agricultural products.

Also, Hawar news went on to say that terrorists of Ahrar al-Shamiyah and Tajamo’a Adl, both affiliated to the Turkish army, have started fierce clashes in the village of Qajomo in Jandaris region over distribution of looted olive products.

It added that residents in Jandaris are now allowed to step onto their farms after the Ankara forces seized their lands.

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