The fate of thousands of Isis suspects held in Syrian camps has become increasingly worrying since Kurdish forces announced that their protection would no longer be a priority.
As Turkish forces continued to fight south for the third day in a row, a senior Syrian Democratic Forces commander confirmed that Kurdish troops guarding Isis' suspects would likely be redeployed to the front line.
"The protection of Isis' prisons will not remain our priority," an Israeli Defense Forces commander said Saturday at a news conference. "The defense of our soil will be a priority if [the] The Turkish army continues its attacks. "
This development increases the risk of escape from prisons that Western officials already consider to be understaffed and unstable.
As Turkish fighters attempted to reach the M4 strategic highway linking the main cities of the north, the Rojava Information Center, a Kurdish media collective, announced that attempts to target prisons might have to have already begun.
Officials said that a car bomb had exploded in front of an Isis prison called Ghuwairan Friday night near the city of Hasakah. During the same night, it was also reported that five Isis fighters had escaped from Navkur Prison in the nearby town of Qamishli during the chaos caused by a Turkish air strike.
Intelligence obtained by Kurdish forces in northern Syria confirmed that Isis' dormant cells and suicide bombers were operating in the region, with the main aim of targeting prisons with the aim of liberating old fighters.
Last month, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Isis, urged his supporters to release jihadists, their wives, and their children from detention camps in Iraq and Syria.
Since the beginning of the Turkish invasion, the West is concerned that what is happening to the huge pool of Isis prisoners, while security is deteriorating under the Offensive, ongoing.
Before the fighting began, SDF forces operated a network of camps that could hold up to 100,000 alleged Isis members and their wives, including many British nationals.
About 12,000 suspected Isis fighters – one-third of whom are foreign nationals – are being held in seven prisons further south, near the city of Raqqa, where a series of attacks was reported shortly thereafter. Invasion of Turkey.
In the south-east, disturbances and an attempt to escape have already been reported in the huge Al-Hawl displacement camp, where 70,000 women and children, including tens of thousands of members from the family of Isis fighters, are detained in chaotic conditions.
According to figures from the Rojava Information Center, 45 civilians were killed as a result of the bombing of Turkish artillery, and 85 others were injured.
A spokesman said: "The number of casualties could be higher because our team is not able to reach many targeted sites because of warplanes and artillery as well as indiscriminate shooting. "