Turkish officer crosses into Syria, never returns

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Turkish soldiers walk as they stand guard on the Turkish-Syrian border near the Akcakale. File photo

ARA News

Urfa, Turkey – Two days ago, Turkish border guards lost contact with one of their officers after entering the Syrian territory in an attempt to prevent smugglers from crossing the border near the Syrian city of Azaz, adjacent to Turkish state of Kilis, Turkish media sources reported.

The Al-Anadol agency said on Sunday that contact has been lost with a non-commissioned Turkish officer two days ago after cross the Syrian border, in an attempt by the security forces to prevent smugglers coming from the Syrian side to the Turkish border, in the state of Kilis, south of the country.

The source pointed out that, according to the information they received, the Turkish security forces spotted on Friday a group of smugglers trying to enter the Turkish side illegally, across the border at the village of Yawizlo, where the security forces prevented them from crossing the border.

Communication was completely lost between the central office of Turkish border guards and the warrant officer after he crossed the border to the Syrian side on Friday.

Speaking to ARA News, Abdulaziz Hamroush, a Syrian activist based in Kilis, said that the movement of smuggling between Syria and Turkey in this city is open and in public, where dozens of cars are parked in the central Garage of the city, calling Syrians for “crossing the border” illegally. 

These cars carry dozens of passengers to a point near the border where the Syrians are grouped in batches and sent to a certain point on the border with certain sums of money. 

“Dozens of Syrians coming from Aleppo illegally are sleeping on the ground waiting to travel to other cities,” Hamroush added, pointing out that the movement of smuggling has been active for months.

Noteworthy, the Syrian areas adjacent to the state of Kilis on the border are under the control of armed factions of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), while al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda branch in Syria) is present in the city of Azaz and its countryside. No party has claimed responsibility for possible kidnapping of the Turkish officer yet. 

 

Reporting by: Redwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

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