Turkey resettles 130 people in Tel Abyad, Syria, in homes of people displaced from 2019 invasion

TEL ABYAD, Syria — A recent report from Hawar News Agency, citing a local source within Turkish-occupied Tel Abyad, revealed that 130 Syrian refugees forcefully deported from Turkey, and not originally from Tel Abyad, have been ushered through the border gate into town.

These refugees were handed over to the Turkish-proxy Syrian National Army (SNA) police, who facilitated their settlement in homes owned by people displaced from Turkey’s 2019 invasion. The people settling in Tel Abyad are reportedly from Hemto (Hama), Holeb (Aleppo), and the Daramsuq (Damascus) countryside.

This is the first batch of settlers that has been documented during 2024.

This marks the first group documented batch in 2024, contributing to the ongoing trend initiated in April 2023. Since then, over 30,000 Syrians, and 72 Iraqi nationals, have been forcibly deported from Turkish territory, serving Turkey’s controversial efforts to implement demographic changes in Tel Abyad.