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Kurdish civilian arrested in Syria’s Afrin

AZAZ, Syria (North Press) – On Tuesday at night, the Turkish-backed al-Jabha al-Shamiya (Levant Front) faction arrested a Kurdish citizen from the village of Qara Baba in Rajo district in the countryside of Afrin city, north of Aleppo.

“Mahir Mekdad from Qara Baba village was arrested by al-Jabha al-Shamiya faction, one of the most prominent factions of the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army,” an exclusive source told North Press.

“The faction took the civilian to a prison in Azaz city, north of Aleppo, asking his family to pay a ransom of $5,000 for his release,” the source added.

The city of Afrin and its environs in northwest Syria have been occupied by Turkey and its affiliated armed opposition factions since March 2018.

Areas occupied by the pro-Turkish factions have been witnessing security chaos accompanied by frequent explosions, in addition to cases of abductions and corruption amid the failure of these factions to maintain security.

Reporting by Farouq Hamo

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