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Kurdish man found hanged after refusing to fight in Libya

A YOUNG Kurdish man was found hanged from a walnut tree in front of his house in Afrin, northern Syria, on Saturday.

Local sources said that he was killed for refusing to go to Libya to fight for Turkish-backed mercenaries.

Mihemed Mistefa Yusif, who was just 18, was found dead in the village of Merkan where his family had been forced to relocate after militia from the Liwa Samarkand brigade confiscated their home in Hec Qasim.

He and another young man, Ebdo Sexo, had been placed under pressure to join mercenaries in Libya.

Turkey has supplied thousands of jihadists from the battlefields of Syria to fight alongside the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).

Many of them are trained by the shady Sadat private security company, which has close ties to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

They are employed directly by the GNA on six-month contracts. As well as receiving a lucrative monthly payment, the jihadists are guaranteed Turkish nationality once they have completed their service.

Eighteen human rights organisations wrote to the European Commission on Human Rights and the Council of Europe on Saturday, accusing Turkey of “war crimes, crimes against humanity, as well as crimes of ethnic cleansing and genocide” during its occupation of Afrin.

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