Hundreds of people associated with ISIS escaped a camp where they were being held on Sunday after Turkish forces approached the Kurdish-held town, Kurdish officials said.
About 950 ISIS foreigners left the camp, located in Ain Eissa, about 20 miles south of the border after detainees attacked the camp’s guards and gates and then fled.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Turkish warplanes struck villages near the camp on Sunday. They didn’t provide the exact number of residents who fled the camp but said fighting broke out between Turkey-backed Syrian fighters and Kurdish forces.
Around 12,000 people, including nearly 1,000 foreign women with links to ISIS and their children, live in the camp. The town of Ain Eissa is also home to one of the largest U.S. coalition bases in northeastern Syria.