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Ankara Pushes Turkey-Based Syrian Citizens to Join Terrorist Ranks in Idlib

Syria to join the terrorist groups there while civilians have shown their interest in settlement in areas under the control of the Syrian Army through Lattakia, the Arabic-language media outlets said Sunday.

The Arabic-language Al-Watan newspaper reported that a large number of young Syrians have been forced by Ankara to leave Turkey for Syria's Idlib province on different pretexts raised by the Turkish government.

The newspaper noted that the Syrians who arrive in Idlib are arrested by Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at terrorist group which controls Idlib province and are transferred to an unspecified location.

Al-Watan wrote that the terrorist groups forces civlians to join their ranks then.

Meantime, Syrian sources said that a large number of civilians residing in al-Fateh district of the city of Istanbul have been placed under tight security measures after expressing their intension to reach the areas under the Syrian government's control via Lattakia border crossing instead of being forcefully transferred to Idlib province.

They noted that Ankara planned to exercise a forced transfer of the Syrian civilians from Turkey to Idlib after using them for political purposes against the Damascus government.

In a relevant development on Tuesday, the Turkish Army and its allied militants had kidnapped and detained hundreds of civilians in Afrin in Northwestern Aleppo since occupying the region.

The SOHR reported that there are currently 2,090 residents of Afrin who had been abducted from Northwestern Aleppo are still in custody of the Turkish Army and its allied militants known as 'Olive Fury'.

The SOHR noted that over 3,000 civilians have been kidnapped by the Ankara-backed militants since occupation of Afrin region last March, and said that civilians usually pay more than 10 million Syrian lira to the Turkish Army and Ankara-backed militants to secure their release.

Source: Fars News Agency