SDF arrests 13 people suspected to be affiliated with IS in Deir al-Zor
Deir al-Zor - SMART
On Sunday, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) arrested people suspected to be affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) in the Deir al-Zor governorate, Eastern Syria.
The SDF is mainly comprised of the Kurdish People's Protection Units in addition to Arab, Turkmen, and Assyrian/Syriac military factions. The SDF is supported by the United States-backed International Coalition against the Islamic State and fought them in al-Raqqa, Deir al-Zor, Aleppo, and al-Hasakah in Northeastern Syria.
Military sources, who preferred to remain anonymous, reported to SMART that SDF members stormed al-Hawija camp in the governorate and arrested 13 people, including two elderly men, on the pretext of searching for IS' cells in the region.
Other sources said that the 13 people are accused of contacting their relatives who are fighting with the IS. The sources noted that five of them are from the city of al-Bukamal, and the other from the city of al-Shaafah and the town of al-Susah, eastern Deir al-Zor.
The military source confirmed that the SDF violated the laws issued by the Autonomous Administration in Northern and Eastern Syria. The laws stipulated the release of detainees in prisons as a precautionary procedure to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Earlier, the SDF arrested four children on charges of being affiliated with the IS in the city of Hajin in Deir al-Zor.
In the village of al-Shuhayl near Deir al-Zor, people protested against the arrest of a number of people by the SDF, with the support of the US-led International Coalition Forces aircraft.
The SDF and the security services of the Autonomous Administration repeatedly arrest people in its controlled areas on various charges, such as contacting the Free Syrian Army and affiliating with the IS.