How Turkish backed jihadists continue to attack women in Northern Syria

The Violations Documentation Center in Northern Syria (VDC-NSY) has issued a report on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which is celebrated on 25 November each year.

The report documented the deaths of 120 women and the injury of 420 women since the start of the Turkish military invasion in Syria’s north-west region of Afrin on 20 January 2018, and the military campaign in northeastern Syria on October 9, 2019, until 24 November, this year.

The report included documentation of the killing of 56 women by the Turkish border guards on the Syrian-Turkish borders, who sought refuge in Turkey while while fleeing the fighting in their country, in addition to the killing of 83 children under the age of 14 out of 445 refugees killed since March 2011, the center documented the injury of 120 refugees out of 416 fleeing towards the Turkish borders.

The documentation center also revealed that Turkey and its affiliated armed groups have detained 270 women out of 5,678 people in their detentions since March 2018, where the fate of half of them is still unknown. As at the beginning of November, the Turkish-backed armed groups have arrested 12 women.

At least 6 cases of torture and executions of women were documented, including the assassination of the Kurdish politician Hevrin Khalaf.