Turkey after Erdogan’s troops bombed Syrian prison holding ISIS militants ‘in attempt to help them ESCAPE’
- Turkey invaded northern Syria on Wednesday after Trump withdrew US forces
- Israel, a firm Trump ally, condemned the invasion and warned of ethic cleansing
- Kurds accused Turkish forces of shelling a prison in Qamishli holding ISIS jihadis
- Attacks are a deliberate attempt to free the prisoners, local commanders said
- French President Macron accused Turkey of ‘helping to rebuild ISIS’s caliphate’
Israel has warned Turkey against an ‘ethnic cleansing’ of the Kurds after President Erdogan launched an assault against Kurdish forces in northern Syria. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel ‘strongly condemns’ the invasion, which comes after President Trump agreed to withdraw US troops, and stands ready to offer humanitarian aid to the ‘gallant Kurds’. It comes after Kurdish commanders in Qamishli, one of the first strongholds to be struck by Turkish air strikes and shells, accused Erdogan’s forces of bombing a prison filled with ISIS jihadis in a deliberate attempt to free them. Benjamin Netanyahu has ‘strongly condemned’ the Turkish invasion of northern Syria, while warning of an ‘ethnic cleansing’ by Erdogan’s forces. Turkey began shelling and bombing the Kurdish-held town of Qamishli on Wednesday (pictured) ahead of an invasion after Donald Trump handed over control of the region
Kurdish forces say shells struck al-Chirkin prison, where some of ISIS’s most dangerous jihadis from 60 foreign countries are being held (file image) Explosions had damaged Chirkin prison where jihadi militants from some 60 countries are being kept, Kurdish jailers said. ‘These attacks on prisons holding Daesh (ISIS) terrorists will lead to a catastrophe the consequences of which the world may not be able to handle later on,’ the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said in a statement. Mustafa Bali, spokesman for Kurdish forces in northern Syria, added that Chirkin prison is where ‘the most dangerous jihadists’ are held. Qamishli was among the first Kurdish strongholds to be hit by Turkish warplanes and artillery after Erdogan announced the start of Operation Peace Spring Wednesday. Turkish troops swept into northern Syria not long after in an attempt to create a ‘peace corridor’ some 20 miles wide and 300 miles long along the border. Turkey says this will allow for the return of some 2million Syrian refugees currently in the country, and possibly another 1million in Europe, if their armed forces are allowed to push further south.