Turkish-backed Syrian National Army abducts and beats 16-year-old shepherd, steal 200 head of livestock outside Tel Tamr in North and East Syria

TEL TAMR, Syria — Violations against civilians by Turkish forces and the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) continue in the absence of international condemnation and action.

On Sunday, outside the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) town of Tel Tamr in the Khabur River Valley of North and East Syria, members of the SNA abducted and tortured a shepherd and stole 200 head of livestock.

Three members of the SNA approached Mohammed Abdelsalam (16) as he grazed his family’s livestock near the lines of contact in the village of Karabet, west of Tel Tamr. According to the boy, the SNA members walked him and his livestock towards areas under their control. Abdelsalam said that they beat him before releasing him.

Meanwhile, violent infighting took place between factions of the SNA in the villages of Rashidiya and Qasimiyah, with reports of deaths and injuries on both sides. The factions of the SNA routinely clash with one another over the sharing of stolen goods and smuggling routes.