SDC initiative three years on | Nearly 2,800 Syrians of ISIS families of over 10,000 people evacuated from “Al-Hawl mini-state” • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights
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SDC initiative three years on | Nearly 2,800 Syrians of ISIS families of over 10,000 people evacuated from “Al-Hawl mini-state”

SOHR renews its appeal to the international community to find an immediate and lasting solution for Al-Hawl camp's crisis and urges putting a serious plan for rehabilitating the camp’s children and women

On May 3, 2019, the Syrian Democratic Council “SDC” organised “Syrian Tribal” Forum in “Ain Issa” town in north-western Al-Raqqah countryside, where SDF commanders and representatives met with hundreds of representatives of Syrian tribes.

The main objective of the forum was to evacuate the Syrians of ISIS families from Al-Hawl camp, which is located in the far south-east of Al-Hasakah.

Indeed, an agreement was reached between the tribe dignitaries and SDC members. In early June 2019, the agreement to evacuate the Syrians from the camp came into effect. The evacuation of the families in batches began under the initiative of SDC and with the guarantee of dignitaries and notables of tribes.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) has tracked and monitored the ongoing evacuation process all over the past three years.

Since June 2019 till now, SOHR has documented the evacuation of 2,779 Syrian families comprising at least 10,092 people, mostly women and children of ISIS families, under SDC initiative. Most of the families evacuated from Al-Hawl camp are from Deir Ezzor and Al-Raqqah.

Full details of the evacuation process, according to SOHR statistics, are as follows:

(2019)

From early June 2019 till late 2019, nearly 677 families comprising over 1,985 people, mostly from Deir Ezzor and Al-Raqqah, were evacuated from Al-Hawl camp.

 

(2020)

Nearly 1,300 ISIS families of more than 5,000 persons, mostly from AL-Raqqah and Deir Ezzor, were evacuated from the camp.

 

(2021)

More than 780 Syrian families consisting of more than 2,890 members were evacuated under SDC initiative.

 

(2022)

22 families of 217 people left Al-Hawl camp for Deir Ezzor province in January 2022. It is worth noting that this was the last batch evacuated from the camp.

It is worth noting that the number of Syrians remaining in “Al-Hawl mini state” is estimated to be less than 19,000 people of more than 5,200 families.

 

We, at the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), renew our appeal to the international community to find a lasting solution to “Al-Hawl mini-state” crisis, which is considered a clear and present danger to everyone. We also urge international human rights organisations to put an immediate and serious plan for rehabilitating women and children in the camp, who were saturated with ISIS ideology, especially with the large number of children and the widespread presence of the group cells in the camp that continue to impart their poisonous ideas to the residents of the camp, particularly women and children.