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Kurdish-led authority: 785 ISIS-affiliated foreigners escaped Syria camp

2019-10-13

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SULAIMANI — The Kurdish-led administration in northern Syria said 785 foreigners affiliated with Islamic State managed to escape a camp where they were being held following Turkish shelling on Sunday (October 13).

In an apparent reference to Turkish-backed Syrian rebels, the administration said in a statement that “mercenaries” had attacked the camp where “Daesh elements” - a reference to Islamic State - in turn attacked camp guards and opened the gates.

Meanwhile, an NRT Digital Media team in northeastern Syria has reported that members of Islamic State families also escaped from a camp near Ras al Ain after the site was bombed by Turkish warplanes.

Kurdish officials said earlier on Sunday that shelling at a camp at Ain Issa north of Raqqa had allowed others Islamic State family members to escape. Citing sources in the camp, Observatory Director Rami Abdulrahman said there was a state of “anarchy” inside.

This represented “support for the revival of the Daesh organization once again,” the Kurdish-led administration for northern and eastern Syria said.

Around 100 people - women affiliated with Islamic State and their children - also escaped from a camp guarded by Syrian Kurdish-led security forces in northern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have 70,000 women and children families of the IS militants in Hasakah and some other camps in the Kurdish territories in northern Syria, noted that some of them are European.

SDF official Marvan Qamishlo told Reuters there were not have enough guards for the camp, which is north of Raqqa and about 30 km (20 miles) south of the Turkish border.

“The guarding is very weak now,” he said, adding there were now just 60-70 security personnel at the camp compared with a normal level of no less than 700 in the camp of 12,000 people.

(NRT Digital Media/Reuters)

This story was updated at 3:16 p.m. EBL.