By Palestinian funds, Turkey opens new settlement in Syria’s Afrin

AFRIN, Syria (North Press) – On Wednesday, a housing settlement funded by Palestinian society was opened in the Jinderis district of Afrin in the northern countryside of Aleppo. 

A source told North Press, “Idlib al-Watan Team opened a housing village in the district of Jinderis to settle in IDPs.”

Idlib al-Watan Team, in invitations sent for attendance, noted the settlements were built by Palestinian donations.

The village, which is named Palestine Ajnadine, has the capacity to accommodate nearly 50 families taken from makeshift camps in the countryside of Jinderis, the source added.

More than 100 settlements have been built by Turkey and funded by Gulf countries and Palestinian associations in areas under Turkey’s control.

According to figures obtained by North Press, there are nearly 50 settlements built in northern Idlib and some 45 in northern Aleppo, mostly built in 2022. Another project is slated to start in the coming days to accommodate 50 families.

Amid this reality, Turkey aims at introducing a demographic change in areas it controls.

In May 2022, Turkey’s Minister for Internal Affairs Suleyman Soylu unveiled a project to build 13 settlements that include 250 units in Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain), Tel Abyad and Jarablus in north Syria.

On June 8, 2022, Syrians for Truth and Justice (STJ), a human rights organization, published on an extensive investigative report in which it revealed details of the demographic change process implemented in Afrin and its countryside by Turkey.

Reporting by Farouq Hamo