Syria
Security and countering violence

An official from the autonomous Kurdish administration in northern Syria announced on Thursday the release of more than 600 Syrian prisoners detained for their links with the jihadist group Islamic State (IS). As part of a first general amnesty decreed a few days ago by the Kurdish authorities of north-eastern Syria, this release concerns 631 prisoners convicted of terrorism and having served half their sentence.

While tens of thousands of foreign detainees are still languishing in the prisons of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), linked to the autonomous Kurdish administration in this region of Syria, 631 Syrian prisoners were released on Thursday, 15 October 2020. Commenting on the announcement, Amina Omar, co-chair of the Syrian Democratic Council, said at a press conference that the released Syrians “did not commit any criminal acts.” As the majority of the population in several areas controlled by the Kurds, chiefs of the Arab tribes demanded and negotiated this liberation.

In this context, the AFP agency reported, citing its correspondent in Syria, that the detainees were released under high police surveillance and that they were expected by their families in front of the Alaya prison on the outskirts of the city of Qamichli.