Al-Hol camp witnessed several killings at the beginning of this year, totaling 11 cases, including 8 in just 3 days, in addition to wounding two others.
Al-Hol camp, located 45 km east of the city of Hasaka, consists of 9 sectors (eight of them are Iraqi refugees and displaced Syrians’, among them are those who recently left the town of Al-Baghouz, the last ISIS stronghold) and a section for the families and children of foreign ISIS mercenaries.
The killings took place in the third, fourth and fifth sector, which is inhabited by Iraqi refugees and displaced Syrians who left after the Syrian Democratic Forces besieged ISIS mercenaries in the town of Al-Baghouz, the last stronghold that was liberated in March 2019.
'Number of camp residents'
According to the latest statistics of the administration of Al-Hol camp, there are now 62,287 people in the camp, distributed among 17,177 families, as follows:
Number of Iraqis: 30,706 people, distributed among 8,284 families.
Syrians: 22,616 people distributed among 6,268 families.
ISIS foreign families: 8,965 children and women distributed among 2,625 families.
Al-Hol camp is considered one of the largest camps in the Autonomous Administration regions in northern and eastern Syria, and it is considered the most dangerous among the world's camps due to the presence of wives and children of ISIS mercenaries within it.
The camp is witnessing from time to time cases of killing, especially within the third, fourth and fifth sector, which is inhabited by Iraqi and Syrian families who left the town of Al-Baghouz. They include 3 women, most of them Iraqis.
It is noteworthy that all those who were killed since the beginning of this year were all killed with live bullets, as previous killings were carried out with sharp tools such as knives.
'8 cases killed within 3 days'
On January 5/6, the Internal Security Forces found the bodies of 6 dead people, 4 of them Iraqis and two Syrians, all of whom were shot dead, and the last of these cases was on January 8, when the head of the Syrian Council, Abu Ahmad al-Shammari and his son Ahmed, were killed in the fourth sector of the camp, and the Internal Security Forces immediately began a combing operation within the camp.
The combing campaign lasted for two consecutive days, during which the security forces clashed with a cell consisting of 3 mercenaries, one of them was killed and he was in possession of a pistol with 3 additional stores and a grenade. As for the other two, they fled and hid among the women and children of ISIS, and a member of the Internal Security Forces rose to the rank of martyrdom.
In this context, Dersem Hasan, a member of the Internal Security Forces Administration in Al-Hol camp, says: "The women and men targeted in Al-Hol camp are the women and men who have abandoned ISIS ideology."
Hasan pointed out that the Syrians and Iraqis who left the town of Al-Baghouz formed a kind of “state” in the part of the camp in which they live. He added, “Our forces began a combing operation after the death toll rose within the sector of the displaced Syrians and Iraqis, and managed to control a large cell, whose members are women, men and children, as they formed a court to prosecute, and they also have weapons. "
How did the weapon enter the camp?
About the way the weapons entered the camp, Hassan said: "There is communication between the mercenaries who are in the camp and outside, and light weapons such as pistols and grenades are introduced through the workers of the organizations operating in the camp."
The number of organizations working in Al Hol camp is approximately 54; some of these organizations’ involvement with the mercenaries in the camp appeared, on August 5, 2020, the Research Committee at the Center for Diplomatic Relations of Star Congress revealed that the Turkish intelligence was organizing the smuggling of ISIS mercenaries through the Humanitarian Relief Foundation that supports and finances ISIS.
Our agency also documented the assistance of a UNICEF truck driver in smuggling ISIS women and children from the camp.
Hassan pointed out that the weapons entering the camp are individual weapons such as pistols and grenades, and they can be hidden in places that are difficult to find quickly, and that their forces are taking the necessary measures to prevent the entry of weapons, but organization officials complain about the tightening of procedures.
In the conclusion of his speech, Dersem Hassan asserted that their forces demanded the International Coalition forces several times to provide them with advanced devices and equipment to detect weapons, but their request has not yet been answered.