“Al-Hawl mini-state” in September 2022 | “Humanity and Security” campaign’s mission accomplished and no reported murders by ISIS • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

“Al-Hawl mini-state” in September 2022 | “Humanity and Security” campaign’s mission accomplished and no reported murders by ISIS

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

The successive incidents at Al-Hawl camp in the far south-east region of Al-Hasakah are now 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 unwelcome citizens who joined the notorious organisation. 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 September 2022.

 

SOHR activists have documented no murder crimes committed by ISIS members in the camp. Meanwhile, the Internal Security Forces “Asayish” completed the second phase of “Humanity and Security” campaign in Al-Hawl camp on September 17. The security campaign had started on August 25, with support by Syria Democratic Forces and International Coalition Forces, with the aim of pursuing and eliminating ISIS cells in Al-Hawl camp.

 

According to SOHR sources, Asayish Forces have arrested more than 220 people, including at least 35 women of ISIS cells, in Al-Hawl camp and uncovered nearly 25 tunnels and trenches since the beginning of the security campaign.

 

While on September 8, SDF members clashed with ISIS cell in the fifth section of Al-Hawl camp, which resulted in the death of two fighters of the SDF-backed Commandos Forces and an ISIS member.

 

Since early 2022, SOHR has documented 28 murder crimes in Al-Hawl camp, which left 30 people dead; and they are as follows:

 

  • Eight Iraqi refugees, including two women.

 

  • 12 Syrian people, including eight women.

 

  • Eight unidentified women.

 

  • A medic was killed in the post where he worked in the camp.

 

  • An unidentified man.

 

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 a 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.