Turkey has opened two offices in Syria’s predominantly Kurdish-populated region of Afrin, which families can use to register and prepare to be transferred to Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) region.
The aim is for their final settlement in the areas which Azerbaijan received as per the peace deal from November 10th, 2020 and the earlier Minsk agreements.
This information came from unnamed sources of Afrinpost.
The sources claimed that the first office is located in People Credit Bank in the old Afrin district, which Turkish intelligence transferred to its headquarters.
The second office is located in the “former Ronahi Press” site located next to the “Avrin / Al-Shifa Hospital now” in the New Afrin neighborhood, which is a center for Turkish intelligence too.
The sources indicated that the two offices are witnessing a turnout of Turkmen families, especially those from the province of Homs, and family data is being gathered in preparation for transferring them to the Karabakh region.
This information was also reported by the Human Rights Organization-Afrin-Syria.
“Turkey is opening two offices in Afrin to register those Turkmen settlers wishing to be resettled in Artsakh,” said the human rights group in a post on Facebook.
The group said that several corroborating sources had confirmed that the Turkish authorities that are currently occupying the northern Syrian region of Afrin are specifically registering ethnic Turkmens who have long lived in the region in an effort to settle and transport families to Artsakh.
According to the human rights watchdog, the effort is being coordinated by Turkish Intelligence Service and the militant Grey Wolves gangs who are predominantly pro-Turkey armed factions of Turkmen origin, such as Sultan Murad, Suleyman Shah, al-Hamzat groups, all of which reportedly sent jihadists to fight alongside Azerbaijani forces in the 2020 Karabakh offensive.
“Eyewitness accounts say that the two offices witness a turnout of Turkmen families, especially those Arab bedouins from the Syrian province of Homs who claim their Turkish roots, indicating that family data are taken in preparation for transferring them to Azerbaijan to replace forcibly displaced Armenian natives of Artsakh region,” said the Human Rights Organization-Afrin-Syria.
The sources also identified a man going by the name of Abu Tharwat, a well-know local Turkish intelligence agent from the Azaz region is running the first office, “while the second office is run by the so-called “Khiru,” who is a Turkmen from one of the villages of al-Raai subdistrict of Azaz next to the Turkish border, north of Syrian city of Aleppo.”
Rumors of this were reported earlier by Rami Abd al-Rahman the leader of the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights on November 19th.
According to him, the Turkish offer was presented to the Turkmen militiamen only because Turkey claims that their origins go back to those areas in the ”Caucasus”.
The number of Syrian militants sent by Turkey to Azerbaijan has reached 4,000, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. The group said the militants are being recruited in Afrin and in the cities of northern Syria controlled by the Turkish army and the pro-Turkish militias, after being assembled and trained in special camps inside Turkish territory.
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