October 21, 2019 / 11:07 AM / 24 days ago

Russia says militants in 12 Syrian prisons left unguarded due to Turkish incursion - Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Twelve Syrian prisons holding foreign militants as well as eight refugee camps have been left unguarded as a result of Turkey’s operation in northern Syria, the Interfax news agency cited Russia’s defence minister as saying on Monday.

Speaking in China, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said there was a risk that the militants could escape and try to leave the region in order to return to their home countries.

Reporting by Anton Kolodyazhnyy; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Andrew Osborn

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