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SDF arrested ISIS leader suspected of smuggling weapons into al-Hol

  2021-04-15  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Anti-terrorist forces of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF )keep watch in the vicinity of Al-Hol camp, the larger of two Kurdish-run displacement camps for relatives of Islamic State (ISIS or Daesh) militants in Syria's Hasakah province. Photo File by AFP (AFP)
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – The pro-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Thursday (April 15) its forces had apprehended an Islamic State (ISIS) leader in Hasakah province as a result of a security operation launched in late March. 

“Our SDF units have successfully detained a Daesh (ISIS) cell commander in Hasakah, as a result of information obtained from detainees during the Humanity and Security Operation,” the SDF tweeted, noting that the high-profile ISIS leader was suspected of smuggling weapons into the sprawling al-Hol camp.

2 ISIS members including a leader was captured around the camp, the SDF tweeted on Wednesday. 

On March 28, the Internal Security Forces known as Asayish, in cooperation with the SDF, the People's Protection Units (YPG) and the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ), launched a security operation in the camp following 47 assassinations since the outset of the year. 

About 200 ISIS members had been arrested since late March in and around the camp. 

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.

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

The US and SDF-backed Autonomous Administration of North East Syria have appealed to the foreign countries to repatriate their citizens stranded in the camp. 

On March 29, SDF General Commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Mazloum Abdi reiterated the call on foreign countries. 

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)