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53 ISIS members included five leaders arrested in al-Hol: SDF

  2021-03-30  | 
 Zhyan News Network
The Kurdish Internal Security Forces (Asayish), in cooperation with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ), continue a security operation in al-Hol camp in al-Hasakah, Autonomous Administration of North East Syria (AANES), Syria, March 29,2021. Photo by SDF
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Tuesday (March 30) that the security forces had arrested 53 Islamic State (ISIS) members including leaders in the sprawling al-Hol camp during a current security operation launched two days ago following a spike in acts aligned with ISIS loyalists.

“On the third day of Humanitarian_and_Security_Operation, 53 individuals with direct links to Daesh were detained in AL-Hol including 5 leaders,” the SDF Coordination and Military Operation Center tweeted. 

On Sunday, the SDF launched a security operation in the camp with the participation of 5,000 members from the Internal Security Forces (Asayish). 

On Monday, twenty-three ISIS members were detained and a cache filled with laptops containing ISIS-related files were confiscated, as well as 4,086 residents were registered, the SDF said. 

“The campaign continues to restore dignity and stability for the residents after a period of increased violence,” the SDF media outlet added.

Kurdish authorities have recorded more than 40 murders in Al-Hol since the start of this year, according to AFP.

Simand Ali, a Kurdish official, said the ISIS members have dug trenches in the camp that they used to hide prohibited electronic devices and other goods, the official told the AFP. 

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)