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Abdi calls on foreign countries to repatriate citizens at al-Hol

  2021-03-29  | 
 Zhyan News Network
General Commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Mazloum Abdi speaks with AFP during an interview in the countryside outside the northwestern Syrian city of Hasakah, in the province of the same name, on Jan. 24, 2019. Photo by AFP
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – General Commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Mazloum Abdi on Monday (March 29) reiterated his call to foreign countries to repatriate their nationals stranded in the sprawling al-Hol camp in Hasakah province following the launching of a security operation to wrap up ISIS acts in the camp.

On Sunday, the SDF, in coordination with Internal Security Forces (Asayish) and the Women Protection Units (YPJ), launched a humanitarian and security operation to put an end to assassinations and other acts aligned with ISIS loyalists in the camp. 

“We renew our call on foreign countries to take back their citizens & give more humanitarian support to al-Hol to improve the conditions & stability in the camp,” Abdi tweeted. “Our forces have launched a humanitarian & security operation in al-Hol to arrest ISIS criminals and protect civilians.”

5,000 Asayish members were deployed to protect residents in the camps, where nine ISIS suspects including Abu Saad Al Iraq, an ISIS leader, were detained, the SDF’s Coordination and Military Operations Center tweeted on Sunday.

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)