al-Hool statelet witnesses the death of 42 children due to the significant deterioration in their health with the inaction of international organizations, until now 159 children died in the camp
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights obtained information from several reliable sources, about the death of more children in al-Hool camp, which turned to a statelet of al-Hool due to the large numbers of displaced people, which reached about 70000 displaced people mostly came from the “Islamic State” organization’s-controlled areas, tunnels, and trenches on the east bank of Euphrates River, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory: at least 42 children died during the last week, due to poor health and living conditions, lack of medicines and food, and acute shortage of medical care, due to the inaction of international organizations which -for weeks- have had enough by data and media statements, without doing something up to the scale of tragedy and catastrophe in the camp, which has become one of the largest camps in the east of Euphrates area and in the Syrian territory, raising to 159, the number of children who have died since the end of December 2018 until the 15th of March, in a continuation for the death chain in the camp, which is suffering difficult humanitarian conditions after being transformed into a small state with mostly children and women members of the “Islamic” Organization, and reliable sources from inside the camp confirmed to the Syrian Observatory that the people in the camp are suffering mainly from the lack of medical supplies and health care, in addition to the decrease of food and lack of movements by the international organizations, and the absence of some others about what is happening in al-Hool camp, in which the daily problems are starting to worsen.
Reliable sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory that most of the children who died were at most 12 years of age, some were newborn and others were infants, and the citizens said that the reasons were the diseases the children had when they were in areas of presence of the organization east of Euphrates, as well as the lack of medical and health care for the people who arriving in the Syria Democratic Forces’ controlled areas and al-Hool camp, and at least 69 of the deceased died since the 25th of February 2019, the date of increase of casualties more, while reliable sources confirmed that insults and threats were observed by members of the organization saying to the camp’s protection members: “we want our husbands from your jails, we are not afraid of you, you must be afraid of us, we want to get out of the camp.” they also attacked a medical point in the camp and smashed its windows demanding the release of their men and relatives detained at prisons of SDF, also the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored a storm uprooting and sabotaging more than 100 tents in al-Hool camp area in the southeastern countryside of al-Hasakah, near the Syrian-Iraqi border, which displaced the people who were living in those tents and kept them out in the open, where they joined again hundreds of other families who are living without tents, also the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights received confirmed information about the infiltration of new families into the Turkish territory or to areas controlled by “Euphrates Shield” Operation forces in the northeastern sector of Aleppo countryside, through paying money for smugglers which is about $650 USD per person.
In addition to the increase of numbers of people who arrived to the camp from areas on the east bank of Euphrates River, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the United Nations teams continue to refraining from distributing sufficient numbers of foodstuffs, medical supplies, and the daily life and camp necessities, where the Syrian Observatory monitored the committees working in the camp -which supervise the distribution- taking bribes in exchange for distributing equipment, tents, and aid which exist and stacked in the warehouses of UNHCR and the United Nations, while last mentioned request to secure the road for the delivery of aid, also the reliable sources confirmed that one of the distribution administrators -who is a staff member of UNHCR and the United Nations- insults the displaced people and considered them as members of the “Islamic State” Organization, not to mention the major theft of relief allocations from United Nations warehouses in the capital Damascus towards the east Euphrates area, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory: about 130 trucks loaded with food aid have gotten out of the United Nations warehouses packed with food, logistics, and other supplies to be transported to the displaced people towards the Syria Democratic Forces’ controlled areas and camps in east of Euphrates, where only 40 trucks had arrived and the rest of the trucks completely disappeared, reliable sources confirmed that the disappearance resulted from theft operation during their movement within regime forces’-controlled areas heading towards Manbij area, to which only 40 out of the 130 trucks had arrived, amid accusations of the regime and its militias of stealing and unloading the trucks in other areas to prevent them from reaching the east Euphrates area, which is controlled by the Syria Democratic Forces supported by the International Coalition.
This robbery comes in conjunction with the arrival of the 40 trucks in the east Euphrates area, and the reliable sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory that a large number of children were poisoned by poison of rat and rodents, where they thought they were candy distributed to them, and the displaced people attributed the reasons for the lack of spreading awareness by the United Nations team in charge of distributing the aid among the population and displaced people about the nature and seriousness of the substance, since it looked like a candy to the children, which poisoned them and they were transported to hospitals to receive the necessary treatment.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 6th of February 2019 that Between death and another death there is a distance that holds yet another death with it, and between the death at the east bank of Euphrates and death at the doorsteps of al-Hool camp or in it; there is a long distance from the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor to the southeastern countryside of al-Hasakah, which also bears death with it for those who endured agony until they got out of the rule of the “Islamic State” Organization, which used to kill all those trying to get out of its controlled areas on charges of “going out to the countries of infidel” until before its collapse and fade, , and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that al-Hool camp is still in a tragic situation, deteriorating more as the organizations and International parties get late in carrying out their promises in securing the displaced people, who have become tens of thousands of displaced people in al-Hool camp for displaced people, and the reliable sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory that recently a meeting took place between a committee of the United Nations and a committee of the Camps Management and from al-Hool Camp, and the Committee was briefed on the situation and information about establishing a camp in al-Suwar area in the northern countryside of Deir Ezzor with an area of about 50 dunums, where the contact is underway between UNICEF management, UNHCR, and Deir Ezzor administration, to begin sending the necessary assistance and materials and start creating a camp site.
Reliable sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory that the displaced people continue to suffer from tragic humanitarian conditions inside the camp, because the committees inside the camp who are assigned by the United Nations and UNHCR, are not providing assistance and take bribes in exchange for distributing equipment and tents which exist and stockpiled in warehouses of UNHCR and the United Nations, at a time when the last mentioned parties request the road to be secured to deliver assistance, and reliable sources have confirmed that one of the distribution administrators and the staff member of the UNHCR and the United Nations is insulting the displaced people and cursing them, considering them as members of the “Islamic State” Organization, at a time when he numbers of casualties are escalating as more citizens die due to the deterioration of their health during while they were waiting to be transferred to al-Hool camp, where some of them have gotten out of the pocket with bad health conditions, and the Syrian Observatory documented the rise in number of people who died in al-Hool camp and on the road of death to it, where at least 28 people died due to the cold, illnesses they suffered, deteriorating health condition, and the shortage of medicines and necessary treatment during the process of movement and exit from IS enclave at east bank of Euphrates in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, until they arrive at al-Hool camp, where some of them died as they were getting out of the enclave, while others died in the road to the camp, and among the casualties there are 9 people died due to difficult health conditions they suffered inside al-Hool camp, while the rest of them died on the road and during their exit from the enclave.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights continues to monitor the reality of the humanitarian situation in al-Hool camp in the southeastern countryside of Hasaka, near the Syrian – Iraqi border.