Abdulbasit Abdullatif, a member of the political committee of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), emphasized that unless the PYD militia faces genuine pressure from its international backers and international human rights bodies, the pattern of abducting children and coercively enlisting them into camps will persist.
Abdullatif stressed that the PYD militia’s abduction of children starkly violates all international laws, including the Child Protection Law.
Reports from the field revealed that on Tuesday, PYD militants seized two children from Raqqa province, both born in 2009, with the intent of subjecting them to forced recruitment.
According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR), the abducted children are Al-Muntasir Billah Adel Al-Khamri from Tabqa town and Abd Al-Muttalib Faisal Ahmed Al-Issa from Mansoura town in rural Al-Raqqa. These two children were apprehended at a checkpoint near the entrance to Sirrin town in eastern rural Aleppo and were subsequently transported to one of the PYD’s recruitment centers.
The Network indicated that approximately 267 children remain conscripted within PYD training camps.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)