“Al-Hawl mini-state” in October 2022 | No reported murders by IS-IS for second month in row.. Ongoing repatriation of Iraqi and foreign children and women of IS-IS families
“Al-Hawl mini-state” in October 2022 | No reported murders by ISIS for second month in row…ongoing repatriation of Iraqi and foreign children and women of ISIS families
SOHR renews its appeal to the international community to find an immediate and lasting solution to 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. This 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 October 2022.
SOHR activists have documented no murder crimes committed by ISIS members in the camp, since the Internal Security Forces “Asayish” completed the second phase of “Humanity and Security” campaign in Al-Hawl camp on September 17.
Meanwhile, on October 18, a new batch of Iraqi families left Al-Hawl camp, in coordination between the Autonomous Administration and the Iraqi government, where 161 Iraqi families of 659 people, left for Iraq. The Iraqi government refused to repatriate other Iraqi families.
However, no Syrian families have been evacuated from Al-Hawl camp in October 2022.
On the other hand, many foreign children and women of ISIS families have been repatriated.
On October 20, the Department of Foreign Relations handed over 38 Russian children of ISIS families to the Russian president’s Commission for Child Rights, after an official document was signed between both parties in the presence of the administration of Al-Hawl camp in the headquarters of Department of Foreign Relations of the Autonomous Administration in Al-Qamishly city, north of Al-Hasakah. This came in light of the coordination between the Department of Foreign Relations in NE Syria and the Russian Federation to repatriate children detained in camps to their countries.
Also, on October 26, the Department of Foreign Relations of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria handed two Canadian children and two women of ISIS families to a Canadian delegation after signing an official document between both parties.
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.