Turkish police open fire against displaced Syrians near borderline

Turkish soldiers stand guard as several hundred Syrian refugees wait, at the border in Suruc, Turkey. File photo

ARA News

Sere Kaniye, Syria – According to local sources, Turkish border guards opened fire against a Syrian man who was trying to cross into Turkey. The man was injured and transferred to a hospital in the border town of Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain in Hasakah province, northeastern Syria.

Speaking to ARA News in Sere Kaniye, an eyewitness said that the young man, who was displaced from the town of al-Safir, was shot in the thigh by the Turkish border police while standing near the border, waiting for an opportunity to cross into Turkey.

“He was transferred to the hospital by the youths of the al-Kharabat neighborhood on the northern outskirts of the city of (Sere Kaniye),” the source added.

A nurse in Roj Hospital told ARA News that the bullet penetrated his femur and broke it, so he was later taken by ambulance to a hospital in the city of Qamishli for surgery.

The Kurdish journalist Reshid Sekvan said that the Turkish border guards have repeatedly killed Kurdish civilians on the border. “The Turkish authorities should punish those soldiers if these killings are committed by individuals acting on their own and not as soldiers in the line of duty.” 

“The Syrian people are obliged to flee their war-torn country and the suffocating economic blockade from which their areas suffer. This should be stopped at any cost, and the Turkish government is responsible for this inhuman act,” he added.

Remarkably, this is not the first incident in Hasakah province during which a civilian has been injured or killed by gunfire of the Turkish border guards. Over the past four years, a number of people of Hasakah province have been  killed trying to cross into Turkish territory.


Reporting by: Haitham Haji

Source: ARA News

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