Hundreds of boys who had been kept in the Sina’a prison compound in Haseke, northeast Syria, due to the affiliation of their parents with the Islamic State (ISIS), and who were recently caught up in clashes between ISIS members and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), have been evacuated from the compound.
As the SDF units and some assisting US troops carry on with the operations to end the last remnants of resistance in the Sina’a prison, 700 boys who recently endured being used as human shields by ISIS members, have been taken to a number of rehabilitation centres in Haseke on Thursday, Mezopotamya News Agency reported.
Meanwhile a group of children have also been handed over to a Swedish delegation that visited northeast Syria, according to a report by the North Press Agency.
As the Swedish delegation were met by senior officials of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES), including the Department of Foreign Relations vice-president Fanar al-Gait, the current situation in the region and the economic and humanitarian situation in general were discussed.
The media centre of the Syrian Democratic Forces who are now in control of Sina’a prison released a statement on Thursday, criticising the countries with nationals among the ISIS detainees for having left the AANES alone in having to deal with the problem of the ISIS detainees.
The statement said that the AANES had looked after the children in line with all humanitarian treaties and had allowed humanitarian NGO’s full access to the children to provide support and called upon the states to provide more support for the women and children detainees, and help in establishing educational facilities in compliance with international standards.