SNA detains 14 people for opposing Turkish occupation in Syria’s Tel Abyad

RAQQA, Syria (North Press) – The Military Police of the Turkish-backed armed opposition factions, aka the Syrian National Army (SNA), arrested on Tuesday 14 people in the city of Tel Abyad, northern Syria, under charges of opposing the Turkish presence in the region on social media platforms.

A source in the Investigation Office of the Military Police in Tel Abyad told North Press correspondent that the Turkish Intelligence gave orders to carry out the arrests. A unit of the Military Police raided the eastern neighborhood in addition to several houses in the southern neighborhood near the al-Ajel station.

The source added that 14 people, including three women, were detained for comments and discussions on social media platforms opposing the Turkish presence in the region and describing it an “occupation.”

In October 2019, Turkish forces, along with the SNA, occupied Tel Abyad and its surrounding areas after a military operation dubbed ‘Peace Spring’. About 175,000 people were displaced from the area.

The source noted the detainees are under investigation before being transferred to the General Security Agency of the SNA and then to the Anti-Terrorism Prison.

On Oct. 21, the SNA arrested five teachers in Tel Abyad for criticizing the imposition of the Turkish language in schools.

By Hani Salem