Turkey deports 120 Syrian refugees within hours

IDLIB, Syria (North Press) – On Thursday, Turkish authorities deported 120 Syrian refugees including women and children to Idlib Governorate in northwestern Syria through Bab al-Hawa border crossing.

“The Turkish authorities deported 120 Syrian refugees to the Syrian territories through Bab al-Hawa border crossing including 45 women with their children,” an administrative  source in the border crossing informed North press. “The authorities did not even allow the deportees to inform their families.”

Though Syria is still unsafe for returns, Turkey tries to get rid of the refugees by forcibly deporting them, as the Turkish authorities have intensified the forced deportation of Syrians, as part of what they call voluntary return to safe areas in northwestern Syria, according to media and documentary reports. 

The source added that the Turkish authorities took their eye and hand prints and all their identification documents to prevent their return to Turkey.

This week, the Turkish authorities deported more than 1,000 Syrians, most of them women and children, through Bab al-Hawa, Tal Abyad and Bab al-Salama border crossings in northern Syria.

Reporting by Sa’ad al-Yazji