Raqqa activists demand exposing Turkey’s crimes against children in Syria’s northeast

RAQQA, Syria (North Press) – On Tuesday, activists in the city of Raqqa, northern Syria, demanded the humanitarian organizations in the region to communicate with international actors to expose Turkey’s crimes against children in Syria.

“The active forces’ ignorance of the Turkish crimes committed in Syria allowed Turkey to commit more,” Zuhair al-Hassan, a civil activist from Raqqa, said.

Syrian local organizations should communicate with human rights organizations and international actors such as Amnesty International or UNICEF to expose the Turkish crimes and force the international community to take an action, he added. 

The actors in Syria are not only turn a blind eye on the Turkish crimes, but are already participating in it by not making any clear condemnation regarding Turkey’s acts, al-Hassan noted.

Al-Hassan further explained that countries such as Russia, the US and the Global Coalition are able to restrain Turkey and stop it if they want to, “but so far Turkey has not faced any deterrent posture from these countries.”

On May 6, two children lost their lives in a Turkish drone attack in the industrial zone in the city of Qamishli in northeastern Syria, according to a statement issued by the Internal Security Forces (Asayish).

“The Turkish war machine does not distinguish between children, the elderly and women, civilians and military individuals,” Shawakh al-Ali, a human rights activist from Raqqa told North Press.

“All the Syrian people are the victims of the Turkish military intervention,” he stressed.

Targeting Syrian children in densely populated areas is a new “war crime” that is added to the crimes committed and is still committing by Turkey in Syria, al-Ali noted.

The international community is ignoring the Turkish practices in Syria and has not yet considered Turkey as an aggressor of the rights and sovereignty of a people whom Turkey displaced and occupied their lands, he added.

He believed that the responsibility for deterring Turkish behavior in Syria lies on the conflicting parties in the country, including the United States and Russia, who are moving according to their interests at the expense of the “Syrians’ blood.”

Reporting by Ammar Abdullatif