Hundreds of Yezidi Kurds displaced by Turkey-backed rebels northwest Syria: Kurdish council

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Pro-Turkey Syrian rebel fighters of the Euphrates Shield Brigades. File photo

ARA News

The Kurdish National Council in Syria (KNC) on Monday accused Turkey-backed rebel groups of displacing hundreds of Yezidi civilians from the village of Elî Qîno, in Syria’s northwestern Aleppo province.

Furthermore, the KNC also accused pro-Turkey Islamists of kidnapping Kurdish civilians in northern Aleppo.

Yezidi villagers of Elî Qîno, which belongs to the Afrin district, were given one hour to empty the village. After this the properties were confiscated, including olive groves, livestock and furniture.

The KNC did not blame a specific rebel group, but said that the residents were forced to fled to Azaz city or forced to stay in the desert.

“We in the Kurdish National Council in Efrin [Afrin] condemn these irresponsible practices by these forces and we demand them to withdraw from the Kurdish area and stop such acts, and allow civilians to return immediately to their villages and return their properties,” the KNC said.

“We also call on all humanitarian organizations and countries involved in the humanitarian and military situation in Syria, to interfere and to put pressure on these groups to stop their acts,” the KNC in Afrin said.

Moreover, pro-KNC website Yekiti Media published a report in which Kurdish activists accused the Turkey-backed Euphrates Shield rebels of kidnapping at least 55 civilians in Kurdish villages in northern Aleppo.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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