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The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

By tens of thousands of US dollars, families of ISIS members arrive to the Turkish territory coming from east of Euphrates

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights obtained information from several reliable sources that tens of families of members of the “Islamic State” Organization were able to get out of the Organization’s enclave on the east bank of Euphrates River, where reliable sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory that more than 85 families were able to reach the Turkish territory after a trip by smugglers, who received huge amounts of money to bring these families to the Turkish side of the border, through the Syria Democratic Forces’ controlled areas and areas controlled by “Euphrates Shield” operation forces, and the reliable sources also confirmed to the Observatory that until the 22nd of February, more than 85 families have reached the Turkish side of who paid large amounts of money, ranging from $10000 USD per person to $50000 USD, where an Uzbek family of an Organization fighter, his wife, and 4 of their children has paid the largest amount of 50000 USD to get from the ISIS enclave in east of Euphrates towards the Turkish side, while the Syrian Observatory documented document the exit of about 46050 people since the 1st of December 2018, of different nationalities like Syrian, Iraqi, Russian, Somali, Filipino, and other Asian and western nationalities since the beginning of December 2018, among them there are more than 44050 people have gotten out the Organization’s enclave since the decision of the US President Trump to withdraw from Syria on the 19th of December 2018, including about 4800 members of the “Islamic State” Organization, and the majority of them are of Iraqi nationality, who have been arrested among the displaced people, after the residents were able to identify them and inform the security forces about their infiltration, while another part of them handed themselves over after they managed to get out of the last enclave of the Organization, also the Syrian Observatory learned that during the past days and weeks about 300 ISIS members managed to infiltrate through the Euphrates River to the largest and last remaining enclave of the Organization in the Syrian Desert within the areas that are controlled by the regime forces, Russians, and the Iranians in north of Palmyra.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published days ago that as the final long scene of the existence of ISIS east of Euphrates almost ended, the future scenarios follow in front of the world, which does not care to the future of the area. And while the rest of ISIS members and leaders are waiting to surrender or to be eliminated if they continue to refuse to surrender, many hypotheses and questions still pose themselves on the scene, with the American insistence on leaving the east of Euphrates area and withdrawing their military forces from it, the fate is still unknown for ISIS members, who are more than 8000 members and leaders in the prisons and jails of the Syria Democratic Forces, of Syrian, Arab, regional, Moroccan, Asian, and western nationalities, where reliable sources told the Syrian Observatory that the refusal of their countries to take them or receive them puts the case in a closed box, where the Syria Democratic Forces has no ability to issue execution rules or lengthy sentences, at a time where there is no enough prisons equipped to serve the penalties, also the instability of the area makes the situation even worse, due to the Turkish threats of a military operation east of Euphrates, and while the public opinion talks about the foreign members; the media is forgetting more than 5000 members of the Syrian Forces, where releasing them may turn most of them to sleeper cells, and keeping them in detention is a ticking time bomb.

the Syrian Observatory learned that some of those who fled the enclave of the organization, and while being transported to Al-Omar Oilfield and before being sorted out into camps, pay large sums of money in order to get out to areas such as Al-Busayrah, Theban and Gharanij, where sums of money exceed $ 10,000 are paid for fear of being arrested when they reach the camps into which they are sorted out, and the sources suggested that in most cases, ISIS members and families of ISIS members are the ones who pay such sums of money, where they pay them to the parties that are responsible for the transport to the camps from Al-Omar Oilfield, the reliable sources also confirmed that a batch of those who were in the enclave of the organization at the eastern banks of the river, have fled towards the west of the Euphrates River.

Also the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights obtained information from several cross intersected sources, confirming that the overwhelming majority of those who fled the enclave of the “Islamic State” Organization and arrived the Syria Democratic Forces’ controlled areas in Deir Ezzor countryside, have carried large amounts of money varied according to people, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory: the majority of those who came out of the enclave of the “Islamic State” Organization, who reached thousands of people in the past days, they had insane amounts of money, where reliable sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory that the money was mostly US dollars, and each person had between $100 thousand and $500 thousand USD, while the Iraqis who fled the enclave had at least $300 thousand USD, and little amounts of Syrian currency were found in their possession estimated by about tens of thousands of Syrian pounds, and most of the times did not exceed 50 thousand Syrian pounds.

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