Gaziantep, Turkey – Subsequent to the emergence of rifts in the ranks of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS), during which internal clashes broke out between the foreign and local IS fighters in the IS-held city of al-Bab in the Aleppo countryside, activists linked to the Free Syrian Army (FSA) within al-Bab were able to help prisoners escape from the group’s detentions, military sources reported on Tuesday.
Speaking to ARA News on the phone, Abu Malek al-Babi, commander of Liwaa al-Tawheed of the FSA, said that FSA-linked “sleeper cells” have freed dozens of prisoners from IS detention centers in the city of al-Bab.
“Those cells had been waiting for such a time to work on freeing our prisoners,” the source added, pointing out that following the IS internal conflict (between local and foreign jihadists), the FSA members in the city infiltrated into one of the detention centers to help prisoners escape.
Abu Malek also pointed out that the group was holding about 300 fighters from different factions of the FSA, in addition to a number of civilians.
“Our activists were in the IS-held city for months, preparing to carry out this mission; however, they were not able to free all the prisoners,” he told ARA News.
The Islamic State’s militants have reportedly transferred the remaining detainees in al-Bab to the central prison of Manbij city in the Aleppo countryside, following the escape of dozens of others on Tuesday.
Reporting by: Beri Ali
Source: ARA News
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