SNA militants shot boy in Syria’s Sere Kaniye

TEL TAMR, Syria (North Press) – Militants of the Turkish-backed armed opposition factions, also known as Syrian National Army (SNA), shot on Saturday a boy selling ice cream in the city of Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain), northeastern Syria, because he refused to sell them for free.

Sources in the area stated that three armed militants from the Thaeroon faction beat up the 15-year-old boy Hamid al-Khelaif, an ice cream seller in Sere kaniye, after he refused to give them free ice cream.

In October 2019, the Turkish forces, with the support of the SNA factions, launched the military operation “Peace Spring” against Sere Kaniye and Tel Abyad under the pretext of pushing the fighters of the Kurdish-majority Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) away from the Turkish border with Syria.

As a result, they seized many areas in the abovementioned cities and displaced approximately 300,000 civilians, human rights reports said.

After a verbal altercation between the two parties, the gunmen shot the child in the abdomen, after which he was transferred to a hospital in Turkey for treatment.

The incident sparked uproar among activists on social media and residents in the areas controlled by the Turkish forces in northern Syria, describing the SNA factions as “terrorists,” as incidents of killing, assault and theft take place regularly in these areas.

On June 13, two gunmen riding a motorcycle killed a goldsmith named Muhammad al-Barhawi in front of his house in al-Aibra neighborhood in Sere kaniye, and stole a bag from him that contained money and gold.

Reporting by Dilsoz Youssef