13-year-old child sentenced to 7 years in prison for sexually abusing Syrian child in Turkey’s southwest
A 13-year-old child was sentenced to seven years in prison for sexually abusing a nine-year-old Syrian child in the southwestern province of Denizli. During a hearing of the case held at the Denizli Seventh Heavy Penal Court on Sept. 14, the court handed the perpetrator, identified only as A.B., seven years in prison, which is the highest sentence that can be given to minors for sexually abusing a child.
A 16-year-old Syrian teenager named Eymenh Hammamı has been killed by a racist mob consisting of 20 people in Turkey's Black Sea province of Samsun. One person was detained regarding the attack, but the Hammamı family said that they will file a criminal complaint for all the 20 people in question to stand trial.
Six Syrian students living in the southern province of Hatay were the victims of a racist attack, leaving two in critical condition. “I lost nearly all of the male children in my family in the Syrian civil war. We didn't come to Turkey for my brother to be the victim of a racist attack,” said Dua Muhammet, the older sister of one of the boys.
A group of seven-eight unidentified Turkish citizens on July 26 battered six Syrian children under the age of 18 in Hatay's Kırıkhan district. The local governor's office on July 30 announced that an investigation was launched into the incident and two of the children are receiving treatment at hospital.
Syrian refugee children in Turkey have been facing difficulties in accessing distance education during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Since many lack the necessary technological equipment to continue their education and live in crowded households, Syrian refugee children are among those who have limited access.
A police officer has shot dead 17-year-old Syrian Ali al-Hamdan in the Seyhan district of the southern province of Adana. Although Adana Governor's Office said that he was wounded "accidentally" when police fired warning shots to the air, footage shared on social media showed Hamdan shot in the heart.
Ayça Örer writes: For Syrians, who are under temporary protection status in Turkey, it was already difficult to obtain healthcare services prior to the coronavirus outbreak. Today, it is almost impossible. "Frankly, if Syrians start to die from coronavirus, we know there will be people that will be glad," says Yasser who runs a market in Istanbul.
German Chancellor Merkel has criticized Turkey's move to ease border restrictions and accused Turkish President Erdoğan of pressuring the EU “on the back of the refugees." Meanwhile, EU interior ministers will hold an extraordinary meeting on March 4 to discuss the situation at the EU's border.
Houses and business places of Syrian refugees in Turkey's Kahramanmaraş province have been attacked by a group of locals. The racially motivated attack came following the death of at least 34 soldiers in Syria's Idlib last week.
Turkey, faced with a new wave of Syrian migrants and 22 more dead soldiers in Idlib, will no longer stop Syrian refugees from reaching Europe, a senior Turkish official said late on Feb. 27. In anticipation of the imminent arrival of refugees from Idlib, Turkish police, coast guard and border security officials have been ordered to stand down on refugees' land and sea crossings, the Turkish official told Reuters.