Militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) arresting a man in Manbij city, northern Syria. File photo
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KOBANE – Some 18 Kurdish men who have been held by ISIS militants for months escaped on Saturday the group’s detention center in Manbij city in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, activists reported.
Dozens of Kurds have been arrested by jihadis of the Islamic State (ISIS) over the past few months in Manbij, after being accused of cooperating with the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG)–who are in conflict with ISIS in northern Syria.
“On Saturday evening, some 18 Kurdish prisoners were able to escape the ISIS-held detention center of Manbij,” media activist Zara Misto told ARA News, adding that the escapees have arrived to Kobane city, on the border with Turkey.
“They are all in good health conditions,” he confirmed after meeting the 18 young men.
This is the first time that Kurdish prisoners were able to escape an ISIS detention center in Syria.
This comes after the extremist group executed dozens of Kurds on charges of cooperating with the YPG and other factions who have been combating ISIS in northern Syria for more than two years.
“Hundreds of people are still imprisoned by the terrorist group in Manbij, including women,” one of the Kurdish civilians who escaped ISIS prison in Manbij told ARA News in Kobane.
“We have been brutally tortured on a daily basis at the hands of Daesh (ISIS) militants,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “We are glad to be able to flee that horrific cell after months of detention. However, we are highly concerned about the fate of hundreds of innocent people who are still held by the terror group.”
reporting by: Hozan Mamo
Source: ARA News