Turkish border police imposes extra restrictions on Syrians

Kurdish civilians gather at Syrian-Turkish border line between Qamishli and Nusaybin in a protest against policies of Turkization and Arabization. File photo

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – On Friday, members of the Turkish border guards notified Syrian citizens in Hasakah province (where Kurds constitute a majority) in northeastern Syria, that they are commanded to target anyone who tries to cross into Turkey illegally, locals reported.

Speaking to ARA News in the city of Qamishli at the Turkish border, civil rights activist Abdul Qadir Hemo said that Turkish border guards at the crossing of Nusaybin-Qamishli confirmed that the Turkish military leadership has recommended that guards are to open fire against any Syrian who tries to cross into Turkey from the areas adjacent to the cities of Hasakah province.

Hemo pointed out that the Turkish army officers who talked to some civilians in the area “spoke the speaking Kurdish language fluently”.

The Turkish border guards reported that the Turkish military leadership circulated these instructions because of the approach of the Turkish parliamentary elections scheduled in June 2015, according to Hemo.

“That’s why the Turkish Army decided to intensify control on the Turkish border with Syria,” he added.

Noteworthy, dozens of Kurdish civilians were killed and wounded while trying to cross the joint border between Syria and Turkey illegally, after being targeted by the Turkish border guards. The last victim was a 17-year-old young Kurdish man from the city of Derbassiyeh in Hasakah countryside on Thursday.


Reporting by: Dilshad Ahmed 

Source: ARA News

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