Nearly a thousand relatives of Islamic State terrorists fled a Kurdish-run detention camp in northern Syria during a Turkish-led invasion near it early on Sunday, reports say.
After mercenaries attacked the Ain Issa camp located about 2miles south of the Turkish border, some 95family members of terrorists overpowered the distracted guards, opened the gates and escaped under cover of airstrikes and artillery shelling.
They fled to nearby villages or the city of al-Raqqa, a former stronghold of Islamic State.
The Ain Issa detention camp set up by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in 2016 houses thousands of Islamic State families.
Responding to Sundays incident, the Kurdish authority said Turkish invasion is helping in the resurgence of Islamic State. Syrian Kurds had played a major role in the defeat of the terrorist group in the country.
Turkey, however, maintained that its latest offensive, Operation Peace Spring, launched on Wednesday would wipe out Islamic State terrorists and Kurdish militias which it links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leading a revolt within the country.
For Turkey, the US decision last week to pull its troops from northern Syria opened the opportunity to launch a full-scale war against Kurds.
US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said on Sunday that President Trump has ordered the withdrawal of remaining 1,00soldiers in northern Syria as Turkey expands its invasion into Syria.
Western leaders condemned Turkeys military campaign. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday and demanded an immediate halt to the offensive.
Amid fears of a humanitarian crisis, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said some 130,00people have been displaced due to violence in north-eastern Syria. Residents in the city of al-Hassakeh are facing acute drinking water problem, the agency added.
Turkish-led forces have captured the Syrian border town of Tal Abyad and fighting was raging in Ras al-Ain, another border town.
Nine people, including five civilians, were killed in airstrikes by Turkish warplanes on an aid convoy moving to Ras al-Ain.