ISIS terrorists escaping from US controlled prison in northeast Syria

Several Islamic State terrorists allegedly escaped from a prison in northeastern Syria on Sunday, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported citing local sources.

SANA said that a number of IS terrorists escaped from the Al-Hawl Prison in the Al-Hasakah countryside, which is controlled by U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The sources told SANA that seven terrorists from ISIS managed to escape from al-Hawl prison.

The sources indicated that SDF groups announced a state of alert to search for the fleeing terrorists. The militants fled from a jail on the edge of the town of Al-Hol, home to a sprawling camp where tens of thousands of ISIS wives, widows and children live, said state news agency SANA and a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces, Mervan Qamishlo. The prison is separate from the camp.

Four of the seven have been recaptured and a search continuing for the remaining three, said Syrian state media and an official with the main Kurdish-led US-backed force in the region.

This is the third time in the last two months that Islamic State terrorists have escaped a prison in northeastern Syria.

SDF authorities currently operate more than two dozen detention facilities scattered across northeastern Syria, holding about 10,000 ISIS fighters. Among the detainees are some 2,000 foreigners whose home countries have refused to repatriate them, including about 800 Europeans.

Meanwhile, groups in Iraq have also alleged that US forces in the region are transferring ISIS terrorists from Syria to Iraq to continue terrorist attacks.

ISIS terrorists have stepped up their attacks in Syria and Iraq in recent weeks as both countries grapple with coronavirus.

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