Hundreds of people affiliated to the Islamic State fled a camp where they were held Sunday after Turkish troops approached the Kurdish city. The Kurdish-led government in Ain Eissa, about 32 km south of the border, said in a statement that inmates appeared to have attacked and escaped the guards and gates of the camp.
The UK-based Syrian Human Rights Observatory reported Turkish fighter planes hit villages near the camp on Sunday. They did not state the exact number of residents who had fled the camp, but said that clashes had occurred between Turkish-backed Syrian and Kurdish forces. ISIS
About 12,000 people, including nearly 1,000 foreign women with connections to ISIS and their children live in the camp. The city of Ain Eissa also has one of the largest US-led coalition bases in northeastern Syria.
The Kurdish forces that have teamed up with the US in the fight against IS say they may not be able to maintain detention centers while thousands of militants cling to their efforts to stem the Turkish advance.
Turkish forces are pushing their way towards the city as part of their offensive against Kurdish-led forces ̵
Turkey started an operation earlier this week to secure a "safe "Set up a zone" along the border after President Trump had pushed aside the US forces and declared he was determined to emerge from the "endless" American wars.
The Trump administration has been criticized for having failed the Kurds, who were steadfast allies in the five-year fight against the ISIS terrorist group.
On Saturday, the President announced the release of $ 50 million in aid to human rights groups to other aid agencies in Syria in an apparent attempt to counter the criticism he received in the retreat.
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Morgan Phillips and The Associated Press of Fox News have contributed to this report.