SDF-Run Al-Hol Camp Becomes Gateway For Return Of ISIS Influence To Northeastern Syria

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SDF-Run Al-Hol Camp Becomes Gateway For Return Of ISIS Influence To Northeastern Syria

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In January only, 13 murders occurred in the Al-Hol camp in the countryside of Al-Hasakah, which is under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The camp hosts families and relatives of ISIS members.

Sources reported that the camp had turned into an explosive time bomb, amid fears that it would form a center for the restoration of chaos and the resurgence of ISIS in the region of the Syrian Jazeera.

The source explained that only the last month was marked by 13 killings inside the camp. The killings targeted 9 Iraqi refugees, including a child, 3 women, and 3 Syrian nationals, including a woman and a member of the Asayish security unit of the SDF. The Asayish member was killed in an IED explosion while security forces were pursuing a suspect in the camp.

The source added that the SDF has been trying to reduce the number of those present in the camp in order to be able to control it. This move is a result of the spread of murder crimes and regular breaks from the camp by ISIS-affiliated persons.

Last month, the SDF removed 98 Syrian families from the camp in the framework of clearing it from the Syrian displaced persons. The Kurdish-led group also handed over 7 French children from the camp to a French delegation that took them back to their country.

The camp, which includes ISIS women, has become among the largest sources of the security threat and instability in the region of the Syrian Jazeera. Locals fear that the camp will become a gateway for the ISIS return and spread in the area since Al-Hol is the largest centralized gathering of ISIS-affiliated persons.

SDF-Run Al-Hol Camp Becomes Gateway For Return Of ISIS Influence To Northeastern Syria

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