Young man from Hasakah beaten to death by Turkish border gaurds

HASAKAH, Syria (North Press) — A young man lost his life on Friday as a result of severe beating by Turkish border guards while attempting to cross the border a day earlier with a group of people near the town of Derbasiyah in northern Hasakah Governorate, northeastern Syria.

Fatima Younes, the director of Martyer Khabat Hospital in Derbasiyah, told North Press, “We received the body of 20-year-old Masoud Hamo Naso, who hails from the city of Sere Kaniye [Ras al-Ain], on Friday evening. He was found by the Internal Security Forces [Asayish] in a village near the town, suffering from injuries caused by the beating.”

Younes added that the young man was subjected to brutal beating all over his body, especially in the head, which led to his death. According to the medical examination of the body, the death did not occur on Friday but at least 24 hours prior.

She said that relatives of the young man came to the hospital to receive his body, which was then transported to the city of Hasakah by a vehicle belonging to the Kurdish Red Crescent to be handed over to a forensic physician.

Along with Masoud, his brother and cousin were also subjected to brutal beating by border guards while attempting to cross together into Turkish territory with three other relatives. Their fate is yet to be known.

By Samer Yassin