“Al-Hawl mini-state” in August 2021 | ISIS affiliates kills nearly ten Syrians and Iraqi refugees
The successive incidents at al-Hawl camp in the far south-east region of Al-Hasakah are now a unrefuted evidence of the chaos recently unleashed by the Islamic State in Syria. Al-Hawl refugee camp has become more like a “mini-state” hosting ISIS-affiliated members and families. A true crisis that most countries of the world still ignore in order to avoid repatriating their unwanted citizens who joined the notorious organization. Chaos and lack of security are prevalent within the camp, turning it into a “ticking bomb” that cannot be ignored.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) tracked and monitored the key developments in the camp in August 2021.
As security chaos in al-Hawl camp has alarmingly escalated once again, SOHR activists could document eight murders committed by ISIS cells in al-Hawl camp in July 2021, which left nine people dead, including six Iraqi refugees among them there was a woman. The victims were killed in the first, third and fourth sections of the camp
It is worth noting that the number of murders committed in al-Hawl camp since the end of the first phase of the large-scale security campaign has reached 28, which indicates to alarming escalation of killings in the camp.
Accordingly, the number of murders documented by SOHR in al-Hawl camp since the beginning of 2021 has risen to 67, 13 murders in January, ten in February, 17 in March, one in April, six in May, six in June, six in July and eight in August. These murders have left 72 people dead, and the breakdown of fatalities in the past seven months was as follows:
- Two members of the Internal Security Forces (Asayish).
- 52 Iraqi refugees, including three children and 14 women.
- 18 Syrian people, including two children, five woman and the head of the “Syrian Council” in the camp.
- A gunman of a cell responsible for assassinations and murders in the camp, who was killed when he blew himself up with a grenade just after he had been caught by an Asayish patrol which was pursuing him.
In August 2021, no Syrians were evacuated from al-Hawl camp unlike in the past months, as the administration of al-Hawl camp had evacuated 552 Syrian families since the beginning of 2021 as a part of the initiative by “Syrian Democratic Council” (SDC) to evacuate Syrian people from al-Hawl camp. The Syrians who left al-Hawl camp were evacuated in batches as follows:
- In January: 98 families
- In February: 105 families
- In March: 125 families
- In May: 83 families
- In June: 59 families
- In July: 82 families.
The Syrian Observatory renews its appeal to the international community for a solution to “Al Hawl mini-state” crisis, which is considered a clear and present danger to everyone. We, at the Syrian Observatory, once more renew our call to the UN Security Council, all organizations concerned and countries that claim to respect and champion human rights globally to act immediately to stop the crimes and violations committed against the Syrian people by the Islamic State and many other active actors on the ground, and to establish appropriate courts for prosecuting the perpetrators. We call on all those countries that have citizens in Al-Hawl camp to find a solution for those individuals and face up to their responsibility.