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Syria medical student stabbed to death in Turkiye in apparent racist attack

September 6, 2022 at 12:37 pm

Faris Muhammed Al-Ali [Mülteci Medyası @multecimedyasi/Twitter]

A 17-year-old Syrian has been stabbed to death in an apparent racist attack in the south of Turkiye.

According to Gazete Duvar, Faris Muhammed Al-Ali was stabbed to death on Sunday by the 16-year-old son of a Turkish woman working at the same factory as him.

Al-Ali was studying medicine and was working in the factory to cover his university fees.

It is reported that Al-Ali physically bumped into his Turkish colleague at the factory a week prior to the stabbing, he then apologised to her. But later her son and four other people confronted Al-Ali and challenged him about bumping into his mother, they then hit him and stabbed him.

According to social media posts, Al-Ali’s father died in the Syrian war, and he had moved to Turkiye to seek refuge.

In the first decade of the Syrian war over 350,000 Syrians died, the UN said, adding that this was likely to be an undercount. At least 100,000 people have been arbitrarily detained and tortured by the Syrian government, including medical personnel.

READ: Syria: more than 154,000 people still detained or disappeared since 2011

Over two thirds of the population have been displaced and over 11 million people need international humanitarian assistance to survive.

Footage from Al-Ali’s funeral circulated online. The video shows crowds of people walking through the streets carrying a coffin shrouded with a green cloth.

Rising anti-refugee sentiment in Turkiye has been an issue for months now, with many expressing fears for their safety and future in the country.

Over five million foreign nationals live in Turkiye, 3.7 million of whom are Syrian refugees.

Refugees have been scapegoated for the deprecation of the lira, inflation and the severe economic crisis in Turkiye.

Politicians have called on Syrians to return to their home country, whilst public figures have expressed their hatred for asylum seekers online.

In July, the Turkish brand LC Waikiki came under fire after it withdrew children’s t-shirts from shops in Turkiye following protests over the fact their designs included the Arabic script.

In one tweet, commenting on the t-shirts, a user wrote: “I’m ok with English, French and German, the only language I have a problem with is Arabic.”