The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

After helping nearly 37 pris*oners to escape from the central prison to SDF-controlled areas | Military forces in Ras Al-Ain city put on high alert

Al-Hasakah province: SOHR sources have reported that nearly 37 prisoners escaped at different times, with the help of members of the military police and militiamen of the “National Army,” from a prison of the factions in Ras Al-Ain city (Sere Kaniye) in “Peace Spring” area in north-western Al-Hasakah.


The military police members and militiamen paved the way for the escaped prisoners to reach Mabrouka area which is controlled by Syrian Democratic Forces in western Al-Hasakah.


According to SOHR sources, the prisoners included 18 civilians from Al-Darbasiyah and Amuda in Al-Hasakah countryside, who had been arrested at different times while they were sneaking into “Peace Spring” area with the help of smugglers. Families of those civilians paid ransoms of 3,000 every person in return for helping them to reach SDF-controlled areas. According to the deal, the 18 civilians arrived today, with the other escapees, in SDF-controlled areas, but they were arrested by SDF which started investigation and interrogation shortly after their arrival.


Meanwhile, SDF security services are prosecuting the other 19 prisoners who crossed into SDF-controlled areas toady from “Peace Spring” area, amid concerns that those prisoners may be ISIS commanders and that they have been intentionally sent to SDF-controlled areas to carry out planned operations.


Although the escape of those prisoners took place over two months ago, militiamen of the “National Army” and members of the military police have been put on high alert in Ras Al-Ain city (Sere Kaniye) since dawn, under the pretext of “searching for the escapees,” acting as if they had nothing to do with this deal.


A few hours ago, SOHR sources reported that about 40 family of ISIS of Iraqi nationalities, including women and children, left Ras Al-Ain (Sare Kaniyeh) area within “Peace Spring” area in Al-Hasakah countryside, towards Turkish territory, through the border crossing.


Sources confirmed that those families will be handed over to the Iraqi government by the Turkish consulate after entering the Turkish territory, under a joint coordination between them.


This came after the Turkish forces and their proxies have settled “ISIS” families in “Peace Spring” area in earlier periods, especially in Al-Mahatah and Al-Kharabat neighbourhoods in Ras Al-Ain (Sare Kaniyeh) city, after the displacement of a third of its residents during the military process in 2019.


It worth noted that the Turkish intelligence, through IHH Turkish organisation and its affiliated factions, were forced to move a number of women and children of “ISIS” families, where some of them left voluntarily and others were forced to leave towards Turkish territory, in order to show that “ISIS” families do not exist within “Peace Spring” area.