Opposition agency in Syria’s Aleppo chase students charged with insulting Turkey

ALEPPO, Syria (North Press) – A Counter-Terrorism Department affiliated with the Turkish-backed Syrian opposition circulated on Tuesday the names of six high school students in the cities of Azaz and Marea in the eastern countryside of Aleppo, on charges of insulting Turkey.

A special source told North Press that the department circulated the names of the six students after they defaced the phrase “fraternity has no limits” from a mural within the Directorate of Education building in Azaz, in addition to removing a Turkish flag sticker from it.

The wanted students are displaced people from the town of Tel Rifaat in Aleppo northern countryside, but they reside in Azaz and Marea, the source added.

The town of Tel Rifaat, 35 km north of Aleppo city, has been a shelter for Afrin displaced people since 2018 following the Turkish invasion of Afrin and its countryside in March 2018, which resulted in the displacement of about 300.000 of the original inhabitants.

Tel Rifaat houses 3.692 displaced families from Afrin, comprising 14.783 people, and 35 displaced families from Idlib, according to statistics carried out by Autonomous Administration of Afrin, which is currently operating in the northern countryside of Aleppo.

Reporting by Farouq Hamo