The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began yesterday a security campaign in Al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria against ISIS terrorist operatives, which included dozens of arrests, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, after a series of security incidents and assassinations that the camp witnessed in recent months. .
The director of the observatory, Rami Abdul-Rahman, told AFP that more than 30 women and men suspected of supporting “ISIS” had been arrested since the beginning of the operation at dawn, while two media officials of the Syrian Democratic Forces (a Kurdish Arab coalition in northern Syria backed by Washington) confirmed Initiate a “security operation”, in cooperation with the US-led international coalition forces.
The United Nations has repeatedly warned of the deterioration of the security situation in Al-Hol camp, which has become a real tent city in which approximately 62,000 people live, 93% of whom are women and children.
The Syrian Observatory has counted about 40 murders since the beginning of 2021 within the camp, which is the largest in Syria and includes Syrian and Iraqi families, as well as European and Asian foreign families.
The spokesman for the international coalition against “ISIS”, Wayne Maruto, told AFP that the aim of the operation is to weaken and hinder the activities of “ISIS” in the camp to ensure the safety and security of its residents.
He pointed to obtaining intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support for the operation, which also aims to enable NGOs to provide basic aid safely within the camp.
In protest against the deteriorating security situation, MSF announced, in early March, that its services would be temporarily suspended, including providing medical care and some water and sanitation services, after one of its workers who was living in the camp with his family was killed.
In recent months, the camp has witnessed other security incidents, including escape attempts and attacks against guards or humanitarian workers.
Kurdish officials point the finger of blame at the cells of the “ISIS” organization. A humanitarian worker, who declined to be named, stated that there are also clan tensions that may be behind some of the crimes.
Although the Syrian Democratic Forces announced the end of their last battles against the terrorist organization “ISIS” in the village of Al-Baghouz on March 23, 2019, the organization’s fighters launched several attacks in the Syrian desert targeting both Kurdish and Syrian army forces in several operations.
In a report directed to the United Nations, which was drawn up last February, cases of transformation towards extremism, training and fundraising, and urging the commission of external operations were reported in Al-Hol camp in Syria. The report concluded that some detainees see Al-Hol camp as the last traces of the organization.
And the Kurdish authorities in the region are calling for the return of women and children to their countries of origin. But most countries, especially in Europe, are reluctant to take back their citizens. Some countries, including France, have returned a limited number of orphan children. A poll published in early 2019 indicated that two-thirds of the French do not want to return the children of ISIS elements to France, especially for fear that they, in turn, would become terrorists in France.
Last week, the Syrian Democratic Forces warned that the danger of “ISIS” still lies in the thousands of detainees who have been captured, along with thousands of their families detained in the Al-Hol and Roj camps who carry an extremist ISIS mentality, without the international arena witnessing any move to solve this. File.
About 43,000 foreigners are still being held by Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria, and men are distributed among prisons, while women and children are still in camps, according to Human Rights Watch. Among them there are about 27,500 foreign minors.
The International Committee of the Red Cross said yesterday that states must take back detainees in camps in northeastern Syria, and the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer, said in a statement, after visiting the vast Al-Hol camp, where the committee runs a field hospital and distributes food and water. Tens of thousands of children who live in the camp are always growing up in dangerous conditions in the camp, calling on countries to take back these children.
• 62 thousand people live in Al-Hol camp, of whom 93% are women and children.
• 40 murders since the beginning of 2021 inside Al-Hol camp, which is the largest in Syria.
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