Tel Abyad, Syria – At least 15 militants of the Islamic State group in the Syrian border city of Tel Abyad have reportedly defected from the group and headed to Turkish territory, locals reported.
Speaking to ARA News in Tel Abyad, media activist K.A. said that at 3:00 a.m. in the morning, about fifteen IS militants became disillusioned and headed to Turkish territory from the eastern countryside of the city, while other members were appointed to monitor the border and prevent them from crossing it.
However, clashes broke out between the militants attempting to escape and the IS monitoring the border.
The clashes claimed the life of a local IS Prince, known as Timsaah from the village of Tel Abyad Sharqi –2 km east of the city of Tel Abyad in Raqqa province.
The IS dissidents were captured by the extremist group and transferred to Tel Abyad. Activists expect the dissidents to be executed in public later this week.
The source added that the Islamic State has demanded that residents of the villages (Tel Abyad Sharqi, Shuyookh, al-Salim, and al-Munbateh), to report any escape attempts by IS members towards the Turkish border.
Reporting by: Jumana Sayyid
Source: ARA News
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