Kurds say Turkish border guards continue to kill Syrians

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Turkish military forces of the Jandarma (police) block access at the Mursitpinar crossing gate near the Syrian border, where Syrian Kurdish people seek to pass, after escaping ISIS attacks in Kobane. File photo

ARA News 

AMSTERDAM – The Kurdish Asayish have accused Turkey’s border guards of killing dozens of civilians as they tried to flee war-torn areas in Syria. The Asayish police the autonomous cantons within Northern Syria – Rojava (NSR).

Kurdish Asayish said on Saturday: “Turkish border guards have violated humanitarian and moral principles and passed all international laws and norms, by killing innocent Syrian civilians, including children such as 4-year-old Khalaf Ahmed and 2-year-old Shahd Majd.”

“The [Turkish] border guards killed 4 other people at exactly 1 PM [Friday] in the village of Nos Tal, in the countryside of Sere Kaniye [Ras al-Ain],” the Kurdish police added.

The Asayish identified three of the fatalities, as Ghazi Majeed, and his two children, Ahmed and Malak. The children were 7 and 6-years-old respectively. “The corpses are still [lying] on the border and we were unable to move them due to the barbaric random firing by the Turkish border guards,” the Kurdish police said.

“We denounce and condemn this criminal act and call upon the United Nations, the international community and human rights organizations […] to stop the Turkish Jandarms’ work which is based on the principle of violence and killing. We also demand those organisations help us to bring the bodies and hand them over to their relatives,” the Asayish concluded.

Last May, Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on Turkey to open its borders in order to allow civilians to flee the Syrian Civil War, but so far Turkey has not changed its policies.

Gerry Simpson, senior refugee researcher at Human Rights Watch, said: “[Turkish] border guards have killed Syrian asylum seekers and pushed others back into the world’s worst war zone.”

“Governments and UN agencies should end their deafening silence on Turkey’s abuse of Syrian asylum seekers and press Turkey to reopen its border to civilians fleeing the horrors in Syria,” he added.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Source: ARA News

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