Attacks on Syrians in Turkey’s Kayseri, Consequences Extend to Northern Syria | Politics

Kayseri/Northern Syria- A difficult night for Syrians in Kayseri province in central Syria TürkiyeYesterday evening, Sunday, after the outbreak of riots and a series of attacks, destruction and mass arson targeting the property of Syrians, against the backdrop of the spread of a video showing “a young Syrian man assaulting a 5-year-old girl.”

With the video being circulated on social media platforms and false and inciting news against refugees spreading, dozens of young Turks attacked Syrian property.

Circulating video clips showed burning shops, attacks targeting Syrian cars, throwing stones at houses and breaking windows.

Official positions

The governor of Kayseri province issued a statement saying, “On June 30, in the Danışment Gazi district of our province, a Syrian man harassed a little Syrian girl. The accused was arrested by security units, and the girl was placed under protection by the relevant authorities.”

The state confirmed that it is following the issue very carefully, and called on citizens to remain calm and not to engage in any actions not authorized by the official authorities.

Despite the statement confirming that “the accused and the girl are relatives of Syrian nationality, and information began to circulate about the accused suffering from mental disorders,” the perpetrators of the attack did not give importance to these details. They continued with the riots and vandalism.

As the situation worsened, Kayseri Police Chief Atanur Aydin was forced to call on citizens to return to their homes, threatening to deport the accused and his family from Turkey, and take the necessary measures to ensure that such incidents would not be repeated.

Turkish media reported that the riots in Kayseri province resulted in the injury of 14 police officers and a firefighter. The Turkish Ministry of Family and Social Services said that the provincial directorate teams took the necessary measures immediately after informing police units of the incident.

She added, “The child victim, her siblings and her mother were placed under state protection after the procedures at the police station, and our expert teams have begun the process of psychological and social support for the child and her family.”

For his part, Turkish Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya condemned, via the X platform, the attacks on the property of Syrians in the Danışment Gazi neighborhood in the Melik Gazi district of Kayseri. He explained that yesterday evening, a Syrian man named (E.A.) was arrested by citizens after being accused of harassing a Syrian girl who is one of his relatives, and he was handed over to the security forces. An immediate investigation was opened into the incident.

He pointed out that despite this measure, a number of citizens gathered in the area and committed “illegal acts that are not in line with human values, as they destroyed property belonging to Syrians, including homes, shops and cars.” During the intervention of security forces to disperse these acts, 67 people were arrested, and the gathering dispersed after 2:00 a.m.

Legal action

A source in the Turkish Ministry of Interior told Al Jazeera Net that the security services have begun taking appropriate legal measures against those involved in the violence and riots that broke out last night in Kayseri.

He explained that reports were prepared by the Cybercrime Department of the Security Directorate regarding the incidents, and that investigations were opened against individuals who published provocative posts on various social media, in order to incite violence and fuel sedition.

The same source confirmed that the Turkish authorities will continue to hold accountable anyone proven to be involved in these illegal acts, as part of their efforts to maintain security and public order.

In this context, the Turkish President denounced Recep Tayyip ErdoganToday, Monday, in a speech during the consultative meeting with local administrations,Justice and Development Party in Ankara “The opposition’s ‘poisonous rhetoric’ is one of the reasons behind the violence targeting Syrian refugees in Kayseri, and no goal can be achieved by fueling xenophobia and hatred of refugees in society,” he said.

In another post on the X platform, the Turkish Interior Minister said that about 343,000 posts about the incident were shared on the platform by about 79,000 accounts. He revealed that investigations showed that 37% of the accounts that published those posts were automated (bots), and that 68% of the posts were aimed at incitement and spreading hatred.

He added that the authorities opened investigations with 63 accounts, 10 of which were referred to the Public Prosecution, while procedures are still ongoing against the rest.

racist speeches

Political researcher Gokhan Yilmazlar believes that the recent incident in Kayseri came as a result of “intense racist” speeches that were directed in the past periods.

He added to Al Jazeera Net that a similar incident had occurred just a month ago by a Turkish citizen, but they had not seen reactions similar to what had happened now. Yilmazlar noted the “dangerous influence of the anti-refugee Turkish Victory Party,” he said.

He stressed that some of those close to the party have faced accusations of misleading and inciting sedition against refugees in recent months. He stressed the need to confront these racist speeches that fuel hatred and endanger societal peace.

Yilmazlar added that the events that took place come only two days after the Turkish president’s statements about his readiness to meet the head of the Syrian regime. Bashar al-Assad And restore relations with Syriawhich means “there are parties concerned about this move.”

It did not take long for opposition parties in Turkey to start inciting against Syrian refugees and holding Erdogan responsible for the violence “due to the government’s policy of absorbing refugees.”

In a striking comment, the deputy leader demanded Turkish Nationalist Movement Party Ismail Ozdemir, to deport the Syrians, said, “We expect that a dignified return of our Syrian guests to their country will be secured as soon as possible, for the safety and security of Turkey.”

Bolu Mayor Tanju Özcan, known for his hostility to refugees, said on the X platform: “The struggle I have been waging for years has yielded results in Bolu. But the will that governs our country has not stopped sending refugees. The mistaken government and the silent opposition must speak about this issue without delay.”

In turn, the leader of the opposition Good Party said: Equality of Dervishoglu They have warned the government several times to avoid the situation that occurred in Kayseri, and they have stressed that the refugee issue poses an “existential threat to the national security and future of Turkey and the Turkish nation.”

Northern Syria anger

In contrast, rural areas witnessed Aleppo Northern, including cities The Door AndAzaz AndAfrinAngry demonstrations denouncing the attacks on Syrians in the city of Kayseri.

The demonstrators lowered the Turkish flag and raised the flags of Syrian Revolution On government buildings run by Turkish employees, resulting in the injury of some Turkish employees and the destruction of government and service property and buildings.

At the Bab al-Salam crossing, which connects the city of Azaz to Turkey, protests turned violent, as protesters attacked Turkish trucks, smashed some of them, and prevented them from entering Syrian territory. This led to clashes between the two sides, which resulted in the death of a child and the injury of other Turks and Syrians, and the arrest of two young Syrians by the Turks after they were injured.

The protests spread east to the city. JarablusThe crossing witnessed tension that turned into clashes, which prompted Turkish employees and workers at the crossing and the hospital to leave towards Turkish territory.

To the west of Azaz, the city of Afrin also witnessed violent demonstrations, attacks on government buildings, and assaults on Turkish employees. The events developed into clashes, resulting in the death of a young Syrian man and the injury of others by Turkish police bullets.

And in IdlibYoung men attacked Turkish army points in the villages of Atarib, Abzmo and Taqad, took down Turkish flags, destroyed the surrounding barriers, and assaulted military armored vehicles.

Most Turkish internet networks in northern Syria have also been shut down, making it more difficult for residents who rely on them to communicate, given the disruption of landline and mobile phone networks operating in areas controlled by the regime in northern Syria.

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