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Iraqi national killed by unidentified gunmen in Hasakah’s al-Hol

  2021-07-12  | 
 Zhyan News Network
A French woman named Um Muhammad, 30, walks in a market in the foreign annex in al-Hol camp, January 14, 2020. Photo by Delil Souleiman
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – The security forces found the body of an Iraqi refugee in sprawling al-Hol camp east of Hasakah governorate in northeastern Syria on Monday (July 12), a first of such an assassination in July that are usually attributed to hardened Islamic State (ISIS) loyalists. 

33-year-old Iraqi refugee, Hussein Hessen, was shot by unknown individuals in the third sector the camp, a security source in the camp told North Press Agency (NPA).

Moe than 60,000 Syrians, Iraqis and foreigners are housed in the camp from over seventeen countries. Nearly 20,000 of them are children. Most of the rest are women, the wives and widows of militants. 

About 2,000 women, considered the most die-hard ISIS supporters, are housed along with their nearly 8,000 in the heavily guarded section of the camp known as the annex. 

Nearly  10,000 ISIS militants are also in custody of the Kurdish authorities in northeast Syria known as Rojava. 

Eight Iraqis and Syrians were killed by ISIS sleeper cells in the camp during June. Overall, more than 60 others were killed since early 2021. 

The Kurdish and US officials have called on the foreign countries having nationals in the camp to repatriate them, few has answered the call. 

In late March, the SDF and the security forces launched a security operation to hunt down ISIS sleeper cells in the camp that ended up with arresting scores of ISIS members. 

In 2014, the ISIS militant group occupied large swathes of Syria and Iraq before it was territoriality defeated in 2019 in Syria by the Kurdish forces with the support of the global US-led Coalition against the ISIS.

(Zhyan English)