Forced recruitment for 4000 men in North-East Syria

Forced recruitment operations continue in the self-proclaimed Autonomous Administration of North-East Syria, where SDF’s military police arrests young men and takes them to a “compulsory service program”. According to statistics collected by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, about 4,000 young people have been arrested in Hasakah, Aleppo, Raqqa and Deir Al-Zour, since the resumption of the recruitment process that ceased for three months in early July.

The Syrian Observatory had published on the first of this month, that the “Military Police” of the Syrian Democratic Forces, had resumed “compulsory recruitment” campaigns for young people within its spheres of influence, where the Syrian Observatory had monitored a large spread  in both Darbasiyah, Tel Tamr and other areas East of the Euphrates, amid the arrest of a number of young men for “compulsory service”. This comes after the compulsory recruitment ceased for a period of about 3 months, by a decision by the self-proclaimed Autonomous Administration in a series of measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The greatest numbers of recruits have been arrested in border regions of SDF’s territory, as it fears these young men will prefer to serve military duty in the Syrian Arab Army.

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