After the invasion attacks against Afrin by the Turkish state and their allied Al Nusra, ISIS and FSA gangs, the people of Afrin withdrew to Sherawa and Shehba regions to prevent civilian massacres in a joint decision by the Afrin Autonomous Administration and YPG Command. But, dozens of people from Afrin who didn’t want to leave their homes and villages despite the massacres, looting and annihilation attacks by the Turkish state and their allied gangs stayed in their lands.
The Turkish state and their allied gangs have looted the property of the people, tortured hundreds of civilians and took hundreds of others hostage in Afrin. The hundreds of captive civilians from Afrin are still in prisons in Afrin, Azaz and Hatay. Dozens of people are still unaccounted for.
“WE WERE TORTURED EVERY DAY”
Bekir Xelil Mihemmed is one of the civilians who remained in his village in Afrin after the invasion attacks by the Turkish state and their allied gangs. The Turkish state and their allied gangs captured him when they invaded the Balya village in Bilbile.
Xelil Mihemmed was held captive for 16 days by the gangs in the village, and was then taken to the Rai prison in Azaz. Speaking to ANF, Xelil Mihemmed said hundreds of people are held in the Rai prison, and are tortured every day.