Gaziantep, Turkey – Subsequent to the withdrawal of a large number of the Islamic State’s (IS/ISIS) militants from the city of Jarablus in the province of Aleppo in northern Syria, large military reinforcements arrived in the city on Monday midnight, launching an arrest campaign against civilians, locals reported.
Speaking to ARA News on the phone, F. N. from the city of Jarablus said (under the condition of anonymity) that after the sudden withdrawal of the IS insurgents from the city where only ten militants remained, including the IS Emir of the area, more reinforcements arrived in the city with a large numbers of weapons and gunmen.
The source pointed out that the radical group quickly imposed curfew on the city and carried out a campaign of arrests during which nearly 200 civilians, mostly young men, were detained.
Additionally, a lot of people were trying to leave the city from various ways, either through an exit permit (by IS Emir of the city) or illegal ways across the borderline with Turkey.
“The so-called Jarablus Emir (Prince) categorically rejected our men, or youths and allowed only women and children to leave city,” the same source told ARA News.
“Prisoners are still in detention amid unprecedented intensified security,” the source stated,expressing concerns. “This may lead the extremists to use them as human shields in their battles.”
In other developments, human rights activist Abdul Hadi Batran from Manbij in Aleppo told ARA News on the phone that IS militants began to withdraw gradually from the city of Manbij, heading to the city of al-Bab (in Aleppo province) amid news of transferring all prisoners from Manbij to the IS al-Bab prisons.
Reporting by: Peri Mohammed
Source: ARA News
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