Turkish border guards opened fire on a group of Syrians attempting to cross the border from the Hasaka district in northeastern Syria on Saturday, leading to the tragic death of a 9-year-old child and leaving several others wounded.
The North Press Agency reported the incident, which took place in the early hours of Saturday as a group of people tried to enter Turkey. The victims, including 9-year-old Raad Malik Ya’rub and his brother, were allegedly targeted by Turkish border guards near the village of Aluk, east of the Turkish-held Syrian border town of Ras al-Ain.
Raad Malik Ya’rub was swiftly taken to a hospital in the city of Hasakah, where he underwent abdominal surgery to extract the bullet. Despite medical efforts, he succumbed to his injuries a few hours after being shot due to extensive blood loss.
The hospital official mentioned that the condition of Raad’s 23-year-old brother, Mowafaq Ya’rub, is currently under observation. Mowafaq sustained a gunshot wound to the back during the incident.
This incident contributes to the growing toll of casualties resulting from confrontations at the Turkish-Syrian border. In November alone, the North Press Agency reported that the number of individuals injured by Turkish border guards reached 37, with four fatalities recorded.