Scores of children in northeast Syria are among those feared dead after Islamic State militants held hundreds hostage during an almost week-long siege at one of the country’s largest prisons.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Wednesday that they had finally regained control of the Gweiran prison complex in Hasakah, which houses 3,000 Isis militants, including hundreds of Syrian and foreign children, some as young as 12 years old.
Maya Foa from UK-based charity Reprieve, which has been supporting British families stuck in Syria after the collapse of Isis, said it was very likely Britons were inside Gweiran, although they had essentially been held incommunicado.
She said the children held hostage by Isis were extremely vulnerable to being abducted and re-trafficked by the Islamist militants, who also operated as a “sophisticated criminal trafficking gang”.
“Rather than acting on this, rather than repatriating people, the British government has been shoring up these detention sites and funding the building of new ones,” she said.
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