Turkish border guards kill old man in Syria’s Idlib

IDLIB, Syria (North Press) – On Friday, Turkish border guards shot dead an old man in his sixties while he was plowing his land near the Turkish border north of the village of Azmarin in the countryside of Idlib, northwest Syria.

The old man received four gunshots, two hit his chest and two hit his abdomen, and later he succumbed to his injuries.

A source from the Syria Civil Defense, operating in the opposition-held areas, told North Press that the rescue process was late for over an hours until its team arrived, because residents of the region could not rescue him for fear of being targeted by the Turkish border guards.

North Press correspondent in the region said that the area where the old man was targeted is 100 meters from a checkpoint of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS, formerly al-Nusra Front).

Farmers of lands that are situated near the Turkish border do not dare to harvest their crops or come close to their lands due to successive targeting by the Turkish border guards. 

The Turkish border guards continue to shoot at civilians, who want to cross into Turkey looking for a better future or those who work on their nearby lands.

Reporting by Hani Salem