Turkish-backed militants abducted 25 civilians from an area in the countryside of Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah, a report said.
According to Syria’s SANA news agency, the civilians were kidnapped on Friday in the village of Ahras in the city of Ras al-Ain and near Syria’s border with Turkey.
The report added the abductions were perpetrated by Turkish-backed militants.
The militants also recently set several homes on fire in the same area.
There has been a surge in kidnapping and extortions of civilians in the past month in the border area.
Also on Friday, the Turkish artillery targeted the villages of Nuwaihat and Bab al-Faraj, north of Abu Rasin town, causing material damage to residential homes and properties.
According to SANA, Turkish army troops and their militant allies have been attacking villages in Hasakah, Raqqah, and Aleppo with artillery shells and various other heavy weapons since their cross-border offensive into Syrian territory in October last year and the subsequent occupation of a long swath of the border with the Arab country.