Raqqa police forces release 23 ISIS suspects

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YPG fighters and other members of the Kurdish-Arab alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) gather in Kobane suburb after liberating Tishreen Dam from ISIS militants. File photo: ARA News

ARA News

Raqqa’s Internal Security Forces (RISF) on Saturday released 23 prisoners who were detained on charges of working with ISIS.

The RISF has been working on clearing areas liberated by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) “in order to guarantee stability after the defeat of ISIS.”

The SDF-linked Raqqa Civilian Council confirmed that they would provide employment opportunities for these senior prisoners, while those under the age of 18 would undergo training and awareness sessions organised by the council and the RISF.

“We as Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have explained in an official statement that any citizen in Raqqa who has not been involved in shedding the blood of Syrians and never joined ISIS, will receive an amnesty,” Mustafa Bali, the head of the SDF media centre, told ARA News.

The Raqqa Civilian Council and the tribes of Raqqa have consequently requested the SDF and the Raqqa police forces to release these civilians that were working with ISIS, but not as fighters.

On Saturday, in a ceremony at the headquarters of the Raqqa Civil Council in the presence of tribal leaders from Raqqa and the family of the prisoners, the 23 ISIS suspects were released, and the Raqqa tribal leaders thanked the council and the RISF for releasing the civilians who worked with ISIS for salaries, but not as fighters.

This is not the first time the SDF forces provided an amnesty for civilians that worked with ISIS. Since the end of Ramadan, the RISF has released several civilians that worked with ISIS, on the condition that they did not shed blood.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News 

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