BEIRUT, Oct. 13 (Reuters / EP) –
At least 785 foreign supporters affiliated with the jihadist organization Islamic State have escaped this Sunday from the camp of Al Issa, in northeastern Syria and under surveillance of Kurdish forces, weakened by the military campaign that Turkey has launched against them this week.
Kurdish security forces lack sufficient guards to guard the camp, which is home to families of Islamic State jihadists, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces said Sunday.
The field guard system has weakened since the start of the Turkish offensive in northeastern Syria because some of the guards have been taken to the front to fight against Turkey-backed rebels.
In addition, the camp itself has been subject to bombing by Ankara, which has forced some of the staff to flee, according to Kurdish head Marvan Qamishlo. “Surveillance, right now, is very weak,” he said.
Thus, where more than 700 guards were previously assigned, only one tenth of the custodial staff remains. This has given rise to situations like those of a few hours ago, when one hundred relatives of jihadists, mostly women and children, have escaped from the place.