NORTH AND EAST SYRIA — The Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) of North and East Syria issued a statement on the recapture of Al-Sina’a prison. The DAA offered congratulations to the people of the region on another great triumph over the Islamic State (ISIS). “This victory is an extension of all the heroic epics by people of the region against terrorism,” read the statement.
The prison attack and subsequent fighting in the Gheweran neighborhood, which was the most intense combat with ISIS since the liberation of Baghuz in March 2019, caused the martyrdom of 79 members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and 7 civilians. Some 45,000 civilians were temporarily displaced from their homes. The terrorist organization ISIS lost a total of 246 fighters.
The statement went on to mention the continuing burden of terrorism that has effected the region since the rise of extremist groups during the Syrian Civil War. From the liberation of Tel Tamr to the battles of Kobani and Baghuz, the SDF composed of groups such as the People’s/Women’s Protection Units (YPG/ YPJ), Syriac Military Council (Mawtbo Fulḥoyo Suryoyo, MFS), and the Internal Security Forces (ISF) have seen more than 12,000 fighters martyred and 25,000 injured, many with permanent disabilities.
The statement by the DAA declared that the events in the prison were planned prior to the assault and its execution was partially due to the international community’s failure in assuming its responsibilities in the areas occupied by Turkey, Al-Hol Camp, and Al-Sina’a Prison. The most recent events in Hasakah have led the DAA to call upon the international community to do more to confront the challenges of the region faces and permanently eliminate terrorism.
The statement closed with the reminder of the sacrifices made by the people of North and East Syria, highlighting the fact that this criminal scheme was foiled on the anniversary of the liberation of Kobani.