Turkish border guards kill Kurdish teenager near Syria’s Afrin

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A man carries a girl as Syrians fleeing the war pass through broken down border fences to enter Turkish territory illegally, near the Turkish Akcakale border crossing in the southeastern Sanliurfa province. File photo: AFP/Bulent Kilic

ARA News

Turkish border guards opened fire on Syrian Kurdish civilians in Afrin district in northwestern Aleppo, killing at least one civilian, local sources reported on Saturday.

Arif Brimo, 17, was shot dead by Turkish border police in Shera area of Afrin.

“The victim was trying to cross the border with his family when the Turkish guards opened fire,” local media activist Fadwa Hamo told ARA News.

The would-be refugees had reportedly approached the Syrian-Turkish border when they were fired upon in a bid to keep them in Northern Syria–Rojava (NSR).

“Brimo’s family was trying to escape the deteriorating security conditions in the Ikdama village in Shera area. However, the 17-year old Arif was killed and at least two others were wounded by the border guards,” she reported.

According to local sources, the Turkish Army and allied Syrian rebels continued to attack Kurdish villages in Afrin district.

“Civilians in Afrin are either being killed inside their homes or at the borderline when they try to escape the Turkish-led bombardment,” human rights activist Firas Tahlo told ARA News.

Turkey has closed all its border gates with the Kurdish-populated NSR, forcing desperate civilians to seek alternative routes across the border.

Hundreds of Syrians, mostly Kurds, have been killed by the Turkish border guards over the past five years.

Reporting by: Hozan Mamo | Source: ARA News

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