Many ISIS members have escaped from a prison of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the city of al-Malikiyah in northeastern Syria, the media office of the pro-government National Defense Forces (NDF) revealed on April 5.
“The group’s [ISIS] members revolted in the prison of al-Malikiyah two days ago … The number of the escapees is yet to be known,” the NDF said in a short press release.
According to the NDF’s media office, the SDF is currently carrying out a security operation to capture ISIS members, who escaped from the prison. Warplanes of the US-led coalition are reportedly supporting the SDF operation.
The SDF has not commented on these claims so far. However, the Kurd Street outlet confirmed the NDF’s information and said that US-led coalition warplanes have been seen flying over al-Malikiyah and its prison since last night.
“Gun shots were reported [in the prison], smoke was also seen over the prison,” the Kurd Street’s report reads.
The SDF is holding thousands of ISIS fighters, including more than 800 foreigners, in a series of prisons in northeastern Syria. The U.S. is directly funding these prisons, likely to prevent the SDF from handing over these terrorists to another side.