The SDF release more than 400 Syrian members of ISIS

The SDF release more than 400 Syrian members of ISIS including commanders and more than 120 members of them join the SDF in Deir Ez-Zor.

Villages and towns in the Syria Democratic Forces-held areas in the eastern and the north-western countryside of Deir Ez-Zor as well as the southern countryside of Al-Hasakah, are witnessing tension accompanied by skirmishes between residents in these areas against former members in the “Islamic State” organization. According to some resources, the SDF released more than 400 members of the organization of Syrian nationalities, who come from Deir Ez-Zor and Al-Hasakah provinces, in which these members returned to the villages which they come from.

The reliable sources confirmed that the tension took place between residents of the eastern and the northern countryside of Deir Ezzor, against the members of the organization returning to their villages. Several areas in Deir Ez-Zor countryside witnessed attacks by the residents on the members of the organization returning to their villages. In some occasions, skirmishes by light weapons took place between citizens against the released members. SDF kept themselves away these skirmishes amid fears by the residents of turning these skirmishes and tension into clan conflict or fighting among families or clans in the area, as a result of committing previous crimes and aggressions by the released members of the organization, during the period when ISIS controlled Deir Ez-Zor province.

More than 120 members of them have joined the SDF, most of them are people of clans include commanders in the SDF in Deir Ez-Zor and Al-Hasakah provinces. While residents expressed their fears of that the members of the organization have surrender as a preliminary step to form sleeper cells in the SDF-held areas, and carry out explosions and assassinations which may kill citizens and members of the SDF, as several areas controlled by the SDF deep in their held areas in Deir Ezzor countryside, witnessed attacks bybooby-trapped vehicles and light weapons which left tens of casualties and wounded.

Source: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

10. 01. 2018, 16:04