Turkish authorities deport 520 Syrian refugees to Syria

TEL ABYAD/IDLIB, Syria (North Press) – Turkish authorities deported on Wednesday more than 520 Syrian refugees, including 72 women and their children, to areas held by the Turkish-backed armed opposition factions, aka the Syrian National Army (SNA), in Syria through Tel Abyad and Bab al-Hawa border crossings.

An exclusive source informed North Press that “Turkish authorities handed over more than 220 refugees, including 40 women with their children, to the Military Police, affiliated with the SNA, at the Tel Abyad crossing north of Raqqa Governorate, northern Syria, and they are now undergoing security investigations.”

The source added that Turkish authorities deported 300 Syrian refugees through the Bab al-Hawa crossing, northern Idlib Governorate, northwest Syria, heading towards areas in Idlib under the control of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS – formerly al-Nusra Front), including 32 women with their children.

The deportation process took place after obtaining their biometric data and fingerprints to prevent their permanent return, without informing their relatives residing inside Turkey about their deportation.

Furthermore, private sources reported that the number of Syrians forcibly deported through the Tel Abyad, Bab al-Salama, and Bab al-Hawa crossings has exceeded 2,400 individuals since the beginning of September.

By Saad Yaziji