A young Kurdish man from Afrin committed suicide following “daily threats” from a Turkish-backed militiaman: SOHR
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – A young Kurdish man from the Turkish-occupied Kurdish enclave of Afrin, in the north-west, committed suicide following the “daily harassment and threats” of a militiaman supported by Turkey, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Tuesday.
The young man was from Bulbul district in the countryside of Afrin. He worked in a shawarma restaurant.
He was repeatedly harassed by a militia member of the so-called “al-Jabha al-Shamiyyah” militia known as “Abu Ja’far” from the village of Mayer in northern Aleppo province. According to SOHR activists in Afrin, Ja’far frequently blackmailed the young man, extorting money from him in exchange for not arresting him and his brother. The latter had served in the Kurdish forces which controlled the enclave before the invasion of Turkey in 2018.
“The young man therefore chose to kill himself to escape the great psychological pressure he has suffered in recent times,” SOHR reported.
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The Observatory has documented numerous cases of human rights abuses and violations perpetrated against civilians in Afrin by Turkish-backed militiamen who have occupied the region since 2018.