Syrian displaced civilians blocked by Turkish border guards. File photo
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HASAKAH – A civilian was killed in Syria’s border city of Ras al-Ain, also known as Serekaniye in Kurdish, after being shot by Turkish border guards while trying to cross into the Turkish territories, local sources reported on Monday.
Khalil Daoud, 25, from the town of Alouk [5 kilometers east of Serekaniye city in Hasakah province], was killed while trying to enter Turkey.
The Kurdish police force, known as Asayish, transferred the victim to the local hospital of Serikaniye. According to medical reports, the man died after being hit by five bullets.
Turkish government continues building the separation wall along its borderline with Syria allegedly for security reasons and to prevent terror attacks.
In early 2015, Turkey closed its border to all but seriously injured Syrian asylum seekers.
Also, in the town of Tel Abyad some civilians were injured or even killed, when they tried to cross the border.
In the night, there is the regular sound of gunfire, when smugglers try to smuggle civilians across the border.
Human rights organizations have criticized the decision by Turkey to not allow civilians fleeing the Syrian conflict to go to Turkey.
Last May, Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on Turkey to open it’s borders.
“Its [Turkish] border guards have killed Syrian asylum seekers and pushed others back into the world’s worst war zone,” said Gerry Simpson, senior refugee researcher at Human Rights Watch.
“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: Jan Mohammed and Wladimir van Wilgenburg
Source: ARA News