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Iraqi man killed; Russian woman brutally injured in Hasakah’s al-Hol camp

  2021-06-24  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Women and children walk inside the Kurdish-run al-Hol camp in Hasakah, AANES, Syria, Jan. 14, where families of Islamic State foreign fighters are held. Photo by Delil Souleiman/ AFP via Getty Images
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – An Iraqi national was shot and killed and a woman was severely wounded by Islamic State (ISIS) sleep cells in the sprawling al-Hol camp in Hasakah province in northwestern Syria on Wednesday (June 24).

“#AlHol today reports two new crimes: #Daesh cells shot dead a young #Iraqi man and brutally assaulted a #Russian woman. #SDF security remains as vital as ever as we work with #OIR to #DefeatDaesh,” the Kurdish-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said.

The North Press Agency (NPA) identified the injured woman as Elena Alexander, citing a security source as saying that she was “from the families of the militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) and has four,” who was “stabbed and beaten with sharp objects in the camp.”

Alexander was evacuated to a hospital for treatment after suffering a back and head injury, the source added.

Al-Hol houses over 60,000 wives, widows, children and other family members to ISIS militants. 

80 percent of them are women and children. The majority are Iraqis and Syrians, but it includes some 10,000 people from 57 other countries, housed in a highly secured separate area. Many of them are radicalized ISIS supporters.

The camp has witnessed at least three assassinations since the SDF and the local security forces (Asayish) launched a security operation to hunt down hardened ISIS militants in the camp. The latest was an Iraqi man assassinated on May 8.

Since early 2021, at least 47 including mostly Iraqi nationals have been killed by ISIS sleeper cells, according to an Asayish report. 

The ISIS loyalists have formed a special administration known as hizba (ISIS moral police), which are assigned to teach ISIS courses to children within the camp, “in an attempt to preserve and revive ISIS when it is possible,” according to the Asayish report, reported by the NPA.

The Kurdish officials have called on the foreign countries to repatriate their nationals stranded in the camp, but a few countries have answered, mostly repatriating children. 

On Monday, the counterterrorism forces arrested four Iraqi ISIS militants in the camp on charges of assassinating three persons in the camp.

(Zhyan English)