ISIS-linked Belgian family arrested at Syrian-Turkish border

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A married Belgian couple, along with their four-year-old child, were caught while trying to cross into Turkey at the Syrian border on Saturday. File photo

ARA News

Erbil, Kurdistan Region – The Turkish authorities arrested Saturday a Belgian family, belonging to the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS), while trying to infiltrate into the Turkish territory illegally from Syria, local media reported.

The Turkish news agency al-Anadol said in a report that a Belgian husband, wife, and a 4-year-old boy were trying to cross the border-line with Syria through the barbed wire to enter Turkish territory, but the border guards arrested them. They were reportedly carrying Belgian passports. 

The border guards handed them over to the police leadership of Gaziantep, which referred them to court to be deported out of the country later.

In the meantime, the Kurdish lawyer Mohammed Karo told ARA News in Gaziantep that he was able last Thursday to assist the Belgian family getting out of the IS-held city of al-Bab in ​​Aleppo after contacting him through American friends. 

“We (Karo and the Belgian family) arrived to a safe place in Turkey,” Karo said, pointing out that brokers called the Belgian family to pay an amount of $150,000 to be smuggled to Turkey. 

“We crossed into Turkey and then we rented a small car. We went to Gaziantep, Plaza Hotel, where the relatives of the Belgian family were waiting for us,” he told ARA News

“In the morning of the second day, Turkish intelligence came to the hotel and asked the family to go to the police station to explain why they entered Turkish territory illegally. The Turkish police promised to allow the family to continue to to the airport to complete their journey after finalizing their interrogations.”

The Belgian husband, Osama (who is Tunisian origin), his wife Laura, and their 4-year-old son Elias are still undergoing interrogation in Turkey, according to the Kurdish lawyer.

 

Reporting by: Sarbaz Yusuf

Source: ARA News

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