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Sports Thousands of Syrians will leave the overcrowded Al-Hol IDP camp

23:20  05 october  2020
23:20  05 october  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Al - Hol camp , Syria — About 800 Syrian women and children on Monday started leaving a Kurdish-run camp in northeast Syria crammed with tens of thousands including relatives of jihadists, heading to their hometowns. At least 17 buses were seen leaving the area in the first such transfer from

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Thousands of Syrians, including families of jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) group, will be released from the IDP camp overcrowded Al-Hol in northeastern Syria, local Kurdish authorities said on Monday.

In recent months, several NGOs have sounded the alarm on the living conditions and the lack of medical care in the Al-Hol camp, where 64,377 people live in the greatest poverty, according to data from the UN.

Among them, about 24,300 Syrians, thousands of Iraqis, but also other foreigners and children. Some are displaced people who fled the fighting by Kurdish forces against ISIS and have nowhere to go, others are close to jihadists.

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The al-Hawl refugee camp (also al - Hol refugee camp ) is a refugee camp on the southern outskirts of the town of al-Hawl in northern Syria , close to the Syria -Iraq border, which holds individuals displaced from Islamic State group-occupied territory.

The SDF-controlled al - Hol camp in Hasakeh, which was initially built to house up to 10,000 displaced people, is now home to over 73,000. Reducing the population of al - Hol will help ease the burden on aid groups that have been overwhelmed with the flow of people in the past months.

"The Syrians will leave the Al-Hol camp and only foreigners will stay there," Riyad Derar, co-president of the Syrian Democratic Council, the political showcase of the military coalition dominated by the Kurds who control, told AFP. northeastern Syria.

"The Syrian families of IS fighters will also be released," he added without providing details on the mechanism or timing of the initiative, which is under discussion. The combatants in prison are not concerned.

Mr. Derar clarified that Iraqis are also allowed to leave if they wish, but many prefer to stay, fearing prison in Iraq for their alleged links with ISIS.

The Al-Hol camp has seen several security incidents in recent months involving IS supporters, including escape attempts and attacks on guards or NGO workers.

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The camp is currently home to some 70,000 women and children who were detained while leaving the last Al - Hol is the largest of those camps , and is comprised mostly of women and children from Syria and Thousands of Syrians flee last Isis territory: Richard Hall meets families fleeing from the once

" Al Hol camp has significantly surpassed its capacity, with the current population exceeding 62,000 individuals. More than 90 per cent of the new arrivals According to the UN OCHA, more than 5,200 people arrived at the camp on March 5-7, while thousands more are expected to come in coming days.

"pragmatic local policy"

In recent months, the Kurdish authorities have released Syrian families after mediation with tribal leaders. Since the summer of 2019, some 4,345 Syrians have left Al-Hol, according to the UN.

On August 6, the first cases of the new coronavirus were also reported to Al-Hol. Since then, two residents of the camp have contracted the virus, as well as twenty workers, mainly caregivers, according to a UN report dated at the end of September.

The decision to let the Syrians out of Al-Hol represents "the pinnacle of a pragmatic local policy" between the Kurdish administration and the Arab tribes, analyst Nicholas Heras of the Institute told AFP. for the Study of War.

Through the fight against ISIS, Kurdish forces supported by an alliance led by the United States conquered territories in eastern and northeastern Syria, where local power is traditionally in the hands of chiefs tribal.

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he quiet of Al Hol camp in the afternoon belies the trouble that lurks beneath the surface. Many of those who were rounded up as they left the village were local residents who became trapped within Isis areas by the battle, but the majority were the wives and family members of fighters, who showed little

To consolidate its hold and reduce the skepticism of the populations, the main military coalition dominated by the Kurds, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), has integrated local Arab fighters and cooperates closely with the tribes.

The Kurds "cannot keep these women and children in Al-Hol and at the same time maintain a functional relationship with the tribes", according to Mr. Heras.

In March 2019, Kurdish forces backed by Washington announced the end of the ISIS "caliphate", self-proclaimed in 2014, in Syria.

The conflict in Syria, which started in March 2011 with the repression of pro-democracy protests by Damascus, has turned into a complex war involving jihadist groups and foreign powers.

The war in Syria has left more than 380,000 dead and millions displaced and refugees.

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