Akçakale border crossing. File photo
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Urfa, Turkey – The Turkish authorities arrested Friday a Tunisian woman on the Turkish side of the border crossing of Akçakale, adjacent to the city of Tel Abyad (Gire Spi) in Raqqa province, in northeastern Syria.
Eyewitnesses told ARA News that the Turkish police at the crossing arrested a 30-year-old Tunisian woman who was wearing a traditional black Islamic dress and red shoes, leading her to the security office at the Akçakale crossing.
The source pointed out that the woman seemed confused when the police personnel began to ask her about her identity, she just kept repeating “he was here, I do not know where he went?”
“When she revealed her Tunisian identity, a young Syrian man who was there started insulting her, and then the police took her to the security office at the crossing,” an eyewitness told ARA News.
“I think this woman came to Akçakale in order to enter the IS-held city of Tel Abyad and join the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS),” a Syrian opposition activist stated, commenting on the incident.
Noteworthy, the border crossing between the Syrian city of Tel Abyad and the Turkish city of Akçakale has been officially closed by the Turkish authorities since the Islamic State took control of Tel Abyad in 2013, with the sole exception being that of civilians crossing into Syrian territory from Turkey.
Local sources in Tel Abyad told ARA News that there are some illegal routes in the western countryside of the city used by the IS radical group for movement across the Syrian-Turkish border.
Reporting by: Redwan Bizar
Source: ARA News