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ISIS Women Accused of Killing Iraqi Refugee in al-Hol Camp

ISIS Women Accused of Killing Iraqi Refugee in al-Hol Camp

Friday, 28 August, 2020 - 06:15
Women walk through al-Hol displacement camp in Hasakah province, Syria, April 1, 2019. (Reuters)

Preliminary investigations revealed Thursday that ISIS women were involved in the killing of an Iraqi refugee in Syria’s al-Hol camp last week, a security official from the camp’s administration told Asharq Al-Awsat.


The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the refugee called “Hamada,” who worked as a civilian volunteer, received four gunshot wounds from a gun with a silencer.


“Early investigations reveal the involvement of armed women from ISIS,” he said.


On Aug. 13, al-Hol camp, located 45 km east of the city of al-Hasakah in northeastern Syria, witnessed an armed attack in the sector designated for Iraqi refugees. Three refugees were wounded.


He stressed that such incidents have been frequent in the past year, saying at least one refugee is murdered each month at the camp.


The camp is home to thousands of refugees, the majority of whom are Iraqi women and children.


Al-Hol also houses the families of ISIS members. The families make up the majority of the residents, who came to the camp after the group lost its territories in Iraq and Syria in the spring of 2019.


Iraqis make up some 40,000 of al-Hol’s 68,000 residents. The camp is home to women and children who have been abandoned by ISIS fathers, who headed to the battlefronts where they were either killed or captured. Little is known of the ISIS prisoners after the Baghdad government abandoned them.


Separately, the camp’s autonomous administration moved around 60 families of foreign nationals to al-Roj camp, located west of the city of Malikiya.


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