UN: Syrian Prison Attacks Need International Action Against ISIS Detainees


UN: Syrian Prison Attacks Need International Action Against ISIS Detainees

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces at the prison in Hasaka on Tuesday.Credit...Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

UNITED NATIONS - The attack by Islamic State zealots on a Syrian captivity holding around of its fighters and about 700 children is a predictable tragedy spotlighting the need for critical transnational action to deal with those allegedly linked to the revolutionist group in incarcerations and camps in the country’s northeast, theU.N.counter-terrorism chief said Thursday. 

Undersecretary-General Vladimir Voronkov told theU.N. Security Council that the Islamic State group “ has been pressing and calling for jail breaks,” and “ there have been former cases in Syria and away in the world.” 

Utmost of the men, women and children with contended links to ISIS who are held in Syrian incarcerations and camps “ have noway been charged with a crime, yet remain in prolonged detention, uncertain of their fate,” the head of theU.N. Office ofCounter-Terrorism said. Using the Arabic acronym for the IS revolutionist group, he said, “ It's a memorial also of why Da’esh continues to bed itself in Syria.”. 


 Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has advised that the trouble from Da’esh is growing, including in Syria where Voronkov said it's organized in small cells “ hiding in desert and pastoral areas, while they move across the border between Iraq and Syria to avoid prisoner.” 

The rearmost incident at the Gweiran Prison, also known as al-Sinaa, located in the northeastern megacity of Hassakeh, is the biggest by ISIS zealots since the fall of the group’s “ caliphate” that formerly gauged significant corridor of Syria and bordering Iraq in 2019. 


 Voronkov said the fighting also affected the mercenary population and redounded in the escape of an unknown number of fighters for the Islamic State, also known as ISIL. 

U.S.- backed Kurdish forces said Wednesday they had taken control of the last section of the captivity controlled by ISIS zealots and freed a number of child detainees they said had been used as mortal securities, but Voronkov said the fighting was “ ongoing.” 


 Thecounter-terrorism chief said he was “ floored” by reports that children, who should noway have been held in military detention, were used as mortal securities. “ Although the group’s barbarism should come as no surprise, these children have been left prey to be used and abused in this way,” he said. 

Voronkov reiterated his call for countries to repudiate alleged ISIS fighters and their families in incarcerations and camps in northeastern Syria. 


 “ The extradition of third country citizens from Syria and Iraq remains a major precedence for the United Nations and we stand ready as a dependable mate to member countries in responding to these challenges,” he said. “ Da’esh’s attempts to break its fighters freed from captivity underlines the need to bring them to justice as soon as possible, and insure responsibility to break the cycle of violence.” 

U.N. special envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen told the Security Council on Wednesday that the ISIS captivity attack “ brings back terrible recollections of the captivity breaks that fueled the original rise of ISIL in 2014 and 2015.” 


 “ I see this as a clear communication to use all of the significance of uniting to combat the trouble of internationally- interdicted terrorist groups-- and to resolve the broader conflict in which terrorism inescapably thrives,” Pedersen said. 

Russia called for the briefing on the captivity attack and its deputy minister, Dmitry Polyansky, indicted the United States of saying it abides by transnational philanthropic law which calls for protection of civilians in fortified conflicts but using its air force and armored vehicles to clear the captivity of IS fighters. 


He said the United States ignored “ measures to cover civilians” at the captivity and away, includingU.S. airstrikes in Baghouz, Syria in March 2019 that he said killed at least 80 civilians. 

Polyansky also indicted theU.S. of immorally enwrapping Syria’s northeast and “ sacking canvas.” 


U.S. deputy minister Richard Mills combated, criminating Russia of turning the council meeting “ into a rhetoric- driven mass of intimation and-- honestly-- lies about theU.S. part in Syria. “ He said American forces are in the northeast as part of a coalition “ for the sole purpose of continuing the fight” against ISIS crazies. 

He said the Baghouz attacks are under disquisition by theU.S. Defense Department in response to media reporting, stressing that if there were a analogous Russian airstrike that tragically killed civilians “ there would be no independent press to report on it, since there's veritably little Russian opposition available to raise the issue.” 


Mills said the captivity attack in Hassakeh underscores the trouble IS continues to pose in Syria as well as the threat of holding ISIS detainees “ in new installations in the region indefinitely.” He called on member countries to support sweats by the coalition to insure that detainees “ are safely and humanely housed in agreement with transnational norms.”

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