Detention centers for IS militants have received protection from coronavirus

The US-led coalition said in a statement that the goal of the shipments is to minimize the risk of infection among guards and prisoners.

US-led coalition forces have delivered much-needed medical and sanitary supplies to facilities in Syria where about 10,000 Islamic State fighters are being held.

The coalition representatives reported on Sunday.

“In the current circumstances, it is almost impossible for detention centers to comply with precautionary measures to combat COVID-19,” the joint working group said in a statement released on Sunday.

The supplies should help the US-backed Syrian democratic forces (SDF), which are holding captured Islamic State fighters in custody.

“They will help protect the guards of these centers, where thousands of foreign terrorists are being held, as part of a broader plan to ensure that guards and prisoners are at minimal risk of infection,” the statement said.

The goods delivered include soap, disinfectants, cloth masks, and gloves.

The US has already sent medical supplies and other assistance worth $ 1.2 million to the SDF in the hope that this will help mitigate the spread of the virus and strengthen security in prisons where thousands of Islamic State fighters are being held.

However, statements from the SDF’s political wing, the Syrian Democratic Council, said that these deliveries were insufficient and that they were late.
The working group’s Sunday statement did not specify how much material was delivered last week.

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