Syrian Democratic Forces kidnap a minor from the Deir ez-Zor countryside

Syrian Democratic Forces kidnap a minor from the Deir ez-Zor countryside

Jun 21 2024

ARK News… Militants of the Revolutionary Youth Movement affiliated with the Syrian Democratic Forces, “SDF,” kidnapped a minor in the countryside of Deir Ez-Zour Governorate and took him to compulsory conscription camps.

The Syrian Monitoring Network for Human Rights, on April 22, 2024, said that gunmen from the Revolutionary Youth Movement kidnapped the 13-year-old child, Hammad Abdel Hussein, from the town of Gharanij in the countryside of Deir Ez-Zour Governorate, and took him to compulsory conscription camps.

The Network confirmed that all attempts by his family to search for him to return him to his family failed.

Although Mazloum Kobani, Commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces, signed an action plan with Virginia Gamba, the United Nations representative for children and armed conflict, to end and prevent the recruitment of children under the age of 18 and their use in military actions, the involvement of minors in battles and their recruitment is still continuing.

Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, said during a report entitled “Children and Armed Conflict”, on June 3, 2024, issued that the Syrian Democratic Forces and parties affiliated with it recruited (462) children in the areas they control during the year 2023.

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