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Iraqi assassinated in al-Hol camp in Hasakah, say sources

  2021-04-18  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Boys walk around at al-Hol camp in Hasakah, Syria, on March 8, 2019. Photo by Reuters
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – An Iraqi refugee was killed and at least two others were wounded in Hasakah’s al-Hol sprawling camp in its first kind of such an incident usually attributed to Islamic State (ISIS) loyalists following a security operation launched recently to clamp down on ISIS acts. 

The North Press Agency (NPA) affiliated with the Autonomous Administration of North East Syria (AANES) reported that a body was found in the first sector of the camp on Saturday by the Internal Security Forces (Asayish) believed to have been killed by the ISIS sleeper cells.

A source told NPA that the victim was an Iraqi refugee, Abu Saif, who was shot multiple times in the head, abdomen and leg and three other refugees including two Iraqi and a Syrian were severely wounded bearing gun shots. 

“Two female Iraqi refugees were wounded with gunshots; one of them was wounded in the leg and the other in the back,” the media outlet quoted an anonymous source saying, adding that another Syria woman was shot and wounded in the leg. 

According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the victim was killed with s suppressor-fitted pistol and two other women were injured.

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  to suppress acts by ISIS members 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 is 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 AANES officials 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. 

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)