Turkish regime kills Syrian refugees again

This video says about itself:

Turkey: Syrians Shot, Beaten, and Killed at Border

9 May 2016

Turkish border guards are shooting and beating Syrian asylum seekers … resulting in deaths and serious injuries, Human Rights Watch said today. The Turkish authorities should end their pushbacks of Syrian asylum seekers at the border and investigate all use of excessive force by border guards, including all cases of killing and injuring Syrians trying to cross.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

‘Turkish border guards shoot Syrian refugees dead’

Today, 10:53

Turkish border guards shoot at refugees from Syria to prevent them from entering Turkey. Human rights organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports this. Five people were killed and fourteen wounded. Refugees are also said to be beaten.

HRW investigated seven incidents, dating back to March and April. The organization spoke with victims, witnesses and Syrians from the border area with Turkey. Three refugees – a man, a woman and a boy of 15 – and a smuggler were shot, another smuggler was beaten to death. Eight refugees got shot wounds, including three children aged 3, 5 and 9 years. Six refugees were severely mistreated.


Eyewitnesses have claimed that border guards also shot at people who wanted to take away the bodies from the border wall. This was recorded. Six of the seven incidents were at the border crossing Khurbat al-Juz Güveççi, the seventh took place in the Syrian border town of al-Duriya. The refugees had not long before fled from Aleppo and surrounding area.

The organization calls on Turkey to immediately put an end to the shooting of refugees and to investigate the incidents. Again HRW calls on the government to open the border to people fleeing the violence in Syria.

HRW says on May 4 to have sent a letter to the Turkish Minister of the Interior. There is still no response known from the Ministry.

Previously the British newspaper The Independent reported that eight Syrian refugees were shot dead at the border when they tried to reach Turkey.

Sent back

Human Rights Watch also spoke with 28 Syrian refugees who were intercepted by Turkish border guards when they tried crossing the border with the help of smugglers. They were detained and interrogated for a day and then sent back to Syria. That happened with dozens and sometimes hundreds at a time, the refugees told. Similar reports came in April from Amnesty International and NOS correspondent Lucas Waagmeester.

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  3. My father Eli immigrated to America from Poland in 1921 after World War I at the age of 17. He was not a refugee fleeing war, although much of his family later became victims of the Holocaust. He came to America looking to make a better life. He never made a lot of money, but it didn’t matter because he was able to start a family and send his two sons to college. That meant the world to him and he loved this country.

    While my father came here as an immigrant seeking economic opportunity, many immigrants arrived in our country fleeing war, oppression and violence. This is true today for thousands of women and unaccompanied children who came to our country in the last several years fleeing horrific violence in Latin America.

    This week the media reported something that I find not just wrong, but inhumane: President Obama is currently planning “a month-long series of raids in May and June to deport hundreds of Central American mothers and children” who came to our country fleeing that same violence.

    Sending women and children back into harm’s way after they already fled horrendous violence in Central America is painful and inhumane, and must be stopped.

    Sign my petition asking President Obama to stop these raids and to make sure that families fleeing violence in Central America are protected from deportation.

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    Donald Trump has of course called for building a “Great Wall” along the border with Mexico. Hillary Clinton previously said that these same children who fled violence in Latin America “should be sent back” in order to “send a clear message.”

    I happen to see things differently. I don’t believe that the United States should turn away from our historic role as a haven for the oppressed.

    I recently met a young Salvadoran woman who came to the United States on her own at the age of 15 to flee gangs trying to recruit her. I’ve also spoken with many children who have told me with tears streaming down their faces that they live in daily fear that their parents will be taken away.

    The United States of America must continue to be a refuge for the poor, the tired, the oppressed, and certainly for women and children fleeing horrific violence.

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    In solidarity,

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  5. Thursday 26th May 2016

    posted by James Tweedie in World

    WASHINGTON has refused to show the “yellow card” to Syrian extremists who massacred scores of civilians two weeks ago.

    State Department spokesman Mark Toner faced tough questions at his daily press conference on Tuesday over the continued US support for Ahrar ash-Sham.

    The militants killed 42 people and kidnapped about 60 in the village of Zara in southern Hama province on May 12, prompting Syria and its allies to express outrage.

    “Is this a yellow card?” one journalist asked. “How many villages do they have to massacre before they become bad guys?”

    While insisting he was “not going to get into soccer references,” Mr Toner admitted: “We’re not giving them a yellow card.”Ahrar ash-Sham is one of the two main guerilla forces in the Saudi-convened High Negotiations Committee (HNC), protected by the “cessation of hostilities” negotiated between Russia and the US.

    “Ahrar ash-Sham is not a designated foreign terrorist organisation,” Mr Toner blustered.

    “We agreed that this group would be a part of the HNC, with the expectation that they will not commit violations of the cessation and that they will not carry out brutal attacks.”

    Moscow has demanded the group be put on a list of terrorist organisations over its repeated ceasefire breaches and attacks on civilians in alliance with the pariah Nusra Front — al-Qaida’s branch in Syria — but Washington has defended the group.

    Mr Toner also indicated that the defeat of Islamic State (Isis) was not a greater priority than Washington’s goal of regime change.

    He would not even acknowledge the Syrian government’s right to defend itself from terrorist attacks such as those carried out in cities in the west of the country on Tuesday.

    Meanwhile, the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) — mainly comprising the Kurdish YPG militia — launched an offensive against the Islamic State (Isis) stronghold of Raqqa on Tuesday, with help from US army “advisers” and air raids.

    The official Sana news agency reported yesterday that the SDF had captured three farms between the villages of al-Fatsa and al-Wasta after heavy fighting.

    Baghdad-based US military spokesman Colonel Steve Warren claimed the SDF operation was aimed at “putting pressure on Raqqa” but not taking the city.

    However, SDF commander Rojda Felat tweeted that the goal was to “liberate northern Raqqa.”



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