ISTANBUL — Turkish social media activists circulated a video documenting the scene of a Syrian being thrown from a height by four Turkish citizens in Istanbul.
Commenting on the incident, the activists said, “Four Turks, they lured a Syrian to an isolated place in Istanbul and beat him and then threw him from a height of seven meters into a stream in an attempt to get rid of him.”
The activists confirmed that this was a deliberate and documented murder, pointing out that the court released the four assailants because the victim was Syrian.
Turkish cities have witnessed increased attacks on Syrians who fled the civil war in their home country with security services and police largely doing nothing to prevent the violent incidents.
In early August, two Syrian students were brutally assaulted in the Turkish state of Hatay by a group of Turkish youth after they learned of their Syrian nationality. The two Syrians suffered severe injuries and were transferred to a hospital for treatment
On 12 July, five Turkish youth raped a 15-year-old Syrian boy.
On 23 June, a group of Turkish youth attacked a 16-year-old Syrian boy and tried to steal his money and mobile phone in Istanbul.
A 9-year-old girl of special needs was also raped this year by a Turkish youth in Denizli Province, in western Turkey.