Britain-based Islamist NGO builds new settlement in Syria’s Afrin

AFRIN, Syria (North Press) – A Britain-based Islamist organization has built a settlement in the Kurdish region of Afrin in northwestern Syria, North Press correspondent said on Monday.

The correspondent added that the building of the settlement has been funded by the One Ummah organization and carried out by a company affiliated with the Afrin local council that was founded by Turkey in 2018 following the occupation of the region.

The settlement consists of 40 buildings including 160 apartments, in addition to a dispensary and a mosque.

It was built next to the village of Hiloubi in the town of Sharran, southeast of the city of Afrin.

The city of Afrin with the 365 villages surrounding it have been under the occupation of the Turkish forces and the control of the Turkish-backed armed opposition factions, aka the Syrian National Army (SNA), since March 2018 following the so-called “Olive Branch” military operation to push away the Kurdish People Protection Units (YPG) under the pretext of protecting “Turkish national security.”

Since then, Islamist organizations supported by Turkey have constructed multiple settlements to house thousands of SNA militants’ families who came from other areas of Syria. However, the original people of Afrin, mainly Kurds, have been forcibly displaced and resided in deserted villages and IDP camps in the northern countryside of Aleppo, northwestern Syria.

According to reports, the number of the settlements built in Afrin has mounted to about 50.  

By Siwar Hamo