Aleppo Province – Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Reliable sources have informed SOHR that the Turkish-backed “Al-Hamzah Division” released, this evening, a civilian from Afrin, nearly 48 hours after being arrested for “expressing rejection of felling his olive trees by members of Turkish-backed factions” in Yablit village of Jendires district in western Afrin.
It is worth noting that the Turkish-backed factions have cut down approximately 70 trees in his land, and nearly 150 others belonging to his brothers.
The civilian was tortured while being held in Al-Hamzah Division’s headquarters in Marati village in rural Afrin.
SOHR activists had said that a child from eastern Ghouta was injured by several indiscriminate bullets, after a dispute broke out between two armed groups of “al-Hamza Division” inside the city of Afrin, north-west of Aleppo. The dispute evolved into clashes, as the two sides started firing indiscriminately.
According to Syrian Observatory sources, the shooting occurred between the two groups due to their dispute over the sharing of levies from people smuggling from regime-held areas to Afrin and Turkey.
A day earlier, SOHR sources said that Turkish-backed factions were detaining a family of four people, including a minor, for about a month.
According to Syrian Observatory sources, the Turkish-backed al-Hamza Division faction arrested the family members from their home in al-Mahmoudiyah neighbourhood in Afrin in early December and handed them over to the “military police”, without knowing the charges against the family members, while uncertainty surrounds their fate.