The Turkish state began to occupy areas of Syria since August 24, 2016 when its army invaded the border city of Jarablus, followed by similar occupations, including the areas of al-Bab, Azaz, Afrin and Idlib.
The lands that occupied by Turkey is about 10% of the total area of Syria.
These areas were run by mercenary gangs backed by Turkey, most notably ISIS, Jabhet al-Nusra and gangs linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.
After successive defeats of these gangs, Turkey invaded these areas directly through its army, after haggling with Russia and tacit compromises with Western powers.
Nearly three years after the beginning of the direct Turkish occupation of these Syrian areas, the occupation resorted to a policy of Turkification and the absence of all manifestations indicating Syria those areas.
Sources from within the city of al-Bab say that about 66% of the indigenous inhabitants of the area have been displaced from their homes, and the mercenaries' families have been settled in their place.
The situation is not limited on al-Bab area, but includes all areas occupied by Turkey.
Not to mention the imposition of Turkish names on the villages and the imposition of the Turkish language on schools fluttering the Turkish flags, the Turkish state imposed the writing of car signs in Turkish along with Arabic.
Walls and public squares are also filled with graffiti in Turkish and photographs of Turkish officers and soldiers who were killed during the occupation.
At the entrances to some cities, the flags of the so-called Free Syrian Army are raised alongside the flag of the Turkish state.
With the continuing struggle between mercenary gangs in the occupied territories, to share power and property of the people, unemployment has risen dramatically in areas that witnessing bombings and clashes in daily basis.
Agriculture was the main source of income in the occupied territories, but with the security chaos, a large number of indigenous people were forced to flee, and those who remained in the occupied territories could not cultivate their lands for fear of being looted by mercenary gangs, which contributed greatly to the high unemployment rate. In the occupied territories.
In parallel, the Turkish state imposed IDs on the occupied territories, written in both Arabic and Turkish.
Within the occupied territories, military manifestations are common on almost every street.
The residents of al-Shahba quoted residents from the occupied territories that social relations also deteriorated with the beginning of the Turkish occupation.
They say they avoid visiting relatives for fear of being kidnapped or robbed by mercenary gangs and for fear of women being raped.