Four militants of ISIS were caught by Turkey’s security forces trying to illegally cross into Turkey by Syrian border, Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) announced on Wednesday.
TAF statement said, “Four terrorists belonging to ISIS terrorist group were caught by the First Border Command of TAF on June 15 around 17:30pm while illegally trying to cross into Turkey by Elbeyli district of Kilis province in Syria border. An official investigation has been launched.”
On Tuesday, The Times had reported that some ISIS militants tried to enter Turkey illegally by mixing into refugees that fled clashes between ISIS and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria’s Tel Abyad to Turkey.
Video footage released on Tuesday, also showed Turkish soldiers arresting ISIS militants who tried to enter Turkey by Akcakale border gate of southeastern Sanliurfa province.
Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday that Turkey should be prepared for an influx of at least 100,000 Syrian refugees fleeing the war, as fight takes place between ISIS and Kurdish militants.
In the last two weeks, the number of the Syrians who crossed the border into Turkey’s southeastern Sanliurfa province have reached nearly 15,000, said official sources on Friday.
Turkish officials confirmed on Sunday that a total of 2,800 Syrian refugees had crossed into Turkey through the southern Akcakale border gate.
Turkey hosts 1.7 million Syrian refugees who escaped the violence in their country in large numbers after the escalation of the Syrian Civil War in 2012.