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SDF launches anti ISIS security operation in al-Hol camp

  2021-03-28  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the Infernal Security Forces (Asayish) and Women's Protection Units (YPJ) launch an operation in al-Hol camp following a rise in Islamic State (ISIS) activities in the sprawling camp in al-Hasakah, Autonomous Administration of North East Syria (AANES), Syria, March 28,2021. Photo by ANHA
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Sunday (March 28) that it had launched a humanitarian and security operation in cooperation with the Internal Security Forces (Asayish) in the scrawling al-Hol refugee in al-Hasakah province earlier in the morning following several assassinations there.

“A humanitarian and security operation has started in Al-Hol camp, after the increasing number of terrorist offences by ISIS cells. The SDF and Asayish forces will secure and protect the residents of the camp,” the SDF tweeted.

The campaign was to bring an end to ISIS activities in the camp, according to SDF-affiliated Hawar News Agency (ANHA). 6,000 from Asayish, the SDF, and the Women's Protection Units (YPJ) are taking part in the security push.

15 people, mostly Iraqis, were murdered and two were injured in acts linked with the ISIS die hard supporters in the squalid camp so far in March 2021, SDF said on March 24.

Al-Hol houses 62,000 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.

On February 28, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) urged all countries to repatriate and safely reintegrate their young nationals being held at the camp after three children died and fifteen others were injured in a fire at the camp. 

“There are more than 22,000 foreign children of at least 60 nationalities who languish in camps and prisons, in addition to many thousands of Syrian children”, said UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Ted Chaiban.

On March 15, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that nearly 43,000 foreign men, women, and children linked to ISIS remain detained in inhuman or degrading conditions by regional authorities in northeast Syria. 

(Zhyan English)