Turkish man shoots Syrian father, son in Turkey

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – A Syrian refugee and his son sustained severe injuries on Monday after being shot by a Turkish man in the Turkish Province of Kayseri in central Turkey.

The Turkish newspaper Hurriyet said the Syrian worker, Omar Ali, 46, and his son, Ibrahim, 24, were severely injured after a Turkish young man, 18, shot them in the Mimar Sinan neighborhood in the city of Kayseri.

The Turkish man refused to pay fees for transporting wood to his house, leading to a fight between them and eventually shooting both refugees.

In late July, a Syrian refugee was killed by young Turkish men in the Province of Izmir amid increasing racism against Syrians.

Recently, discrimination-related attacks increased against Syrian refugees in Turkey, especially in Istanbul and Izmir. Meanwhile, he Turkish authorities launched a deportation campaign against Syrians.

In late July, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that “more than 600,000 displaced people have returned to the country.” In May, Erdogan said that Turkey is working on ensuring the “voluntary return” of one million Syrian refugees.

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.

By Malin Muhammad