Death toll update | Five children and a woman killed and nearly 20 others injured in Al-Hawl camp’s fire
SOHR activists have documented a spike in the number of people killed and wounded in yesterday’s fire in Al-Hawl camp in Al-Hasakah countryside, as six people, five children and a woman, were killed and 19 others sustained various injuries. It is worth noting that the fire, which breakout in a tent in Al-Hawl camp, extended to other tents in the camp’s fourth section.
Yesterday, SOHR activists said that three people, including a woman, died and others sustained various burns, as a group of tents in the fourth section were burned down in al-Hawl camp in Al-Hasakeh countryside. No information were reported on the reasons behind the fire, whether it was caused by a technical failure, or it was an orchestrated act by the cells carrying out assassinations inside the camp.
According to local sources, a fire broke out in a tent and then spread to other tents during the wedding of a camp staff member.
Al-Hawl camp in the far south-eastern region of al-Hasakah, has been witnessing a noticeable increase in killings since the beginning of 2021, committed by cells of the Islamic State through various ways, including shooting and using sharp tools.
Since the beginning of 2021, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented 22 murders, 13 of which took place during January, and nine during February.
A breakdown of fatalities was as follows:
- 14 Iraqi refugees, including one child and three women
- Five Syrian people, including two woman and the head of the “Syrian Council” in the camp.
- A member of the Internal Security Forces (Asayish).