Transfer kidnapped Syrians to Turkey

The Violations Documentation Center published a report highlighting the transfer of kidnapped Syrians from mercenary prisons in the occupied territories to Turkish state prisons.

Transfer kidnapped Syrians to Turkey
21 May 2024   15:43

The Violations Documentation Center documented 11 illegal transfers of kidnapped Syrians by the Turkish authorities into its territory. Their number reached approximately 140 citizens, including women, while they were issued long prison sentences.

According to the report, the transfers took place in the following chronological order:

The period from October 11 to December 6, 2019:

Turkey transferred 63 citizens via the city of Girê Spi/Tal Abyad to Helwan prison in the Turkish province of Shanli Urfa, where they were tried with long sentences.

September 25, 2023:

6 Syrian citizens were transferred from a prison run by National Army mercenaries in the city of Girê Spi/Tal Abyad, to Turkish territory (Shanli Urfa). Four of them are Kurds and two are Turkmen, including a young man under the age of 17. They were arrested in late March 2023, while trying to cross into Turkish territory, coming from the Raqqa countryside with the aim of immigrating to a European country.

October 6, 2023

Turkish intelligence transferred 8 Syrian citizens to Helwan prison in the city of Urfa, via the Serêkaniyê/Ras al-Ayn crossing.

October 10, 2023

Turkish intelligence transferred 6 Syrian citizens to one of its prisons inside Turkish territory. The National Army mercenaries had kidnapped them on October 8, 2023.

October 11, 2023:

Turkish intelligence transferred 7 Syrian citizens, whom it kidnapped in April 2023, from a prison in the city of Ras al-Ayn, north of Hasaka, to one of its prisons in the Turkish state of Urfa, including 4 Kurds, including two young women under the age of twenty.

November 6, 2023:

Turkish intelligence transferred 11 Syrian citizens through the “unofficial” Al-Hammam crossing in the Afrin countryside. They were kidnapped during the month of November, while trying to cross the Turkish border with the intention of immigrating to European countries afterward. They were transferred to Afrin prison and from there to Turkey. Among them "Haya Al-Nabboud (18 years old), her sister Ola Al-Nabboud (20 years old), Nazli Darwish (26 years old), Ali Al-Nabboud, Younis Al-Tawi, Shadi Al-Darwish, Jihad Ezz Al-Din Al-Muhammad, and Tariq Al-Hisho."

December 3, 2023:

Turkish intelligence transferred 4 Syrian citizens from its prison in the town of Kafr Janna in the Afrin countryside to Turkish territory via the Al-Hammam border crossing with Turkey, west of the city. They were transferred to the state prison in the city of Antakya in southern Turkey.

The four kidnapped persons were initially transferred to Kafr Janna Prison, located in the old camp in the Kafr Janna, where the Turkish occupation forces are stationed, on December 1, and they were placed in a private prison without registering their records with the prison administration

December 27, 2023:

Turkish intelligence transferred 10 citizens, including 3 girls, from the “anti-terrorism” prison in the city of Girê Spi/Tal Abyad, through the border gate to Helwan prison in the city of Urfa within its territory, they  were arrested on August 14, 2023.

January 31, 2023:

Turkish intelligence transferred 14 Syrian citizens from its prisons in the cities of Afrin and Azaz towards its territory via the Bab al-Salama border crossing north of Aleppo, including a girl, Basma Rihawi (20 years old). The first batch included 6 kidnapped people who were transferred from Sajo prison, north of the city of Azaz, and the second batch included 8 who were transferred from a military police prison in Kafr Jannah, east of Afrin.

Period from 1 to 10 May 2024:

Turkish intelligence transferred 9 Syrian citizens from Sajo prison, north of Azaz in the Aleppo countryside, through the Bab al-Salama border crossing to “Ozli” prison in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, including 4 young men whom it deported from its territory months ago.

Another group, including 8 citizens, was transferred to Turkish prisons.

They  are subjected to an investigation under the supervision of Turkish officers, where the investigation records are changed and fabricated charges are brought against them, including “threatening Turkish national security, planning terrorist operations, and working for hostile foreign parties,” according to prepared reports.