Iraq repatriates 150 families associated with IS fighters in Syrian Kurdish-run Al-Hol camp

A general view shows the Kurdish-run Al-Hol camp, which holds relatives of suspected Islamic State (IS) group fighters, in the northeastern Syrian Hasakeh governorate, on June 2, 2021. (Photo by Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — At least 150 families who were associated with Islamic State terrorists were repatriated to Iraq from the Syrian al-Hol camp on Friday.   

After tight security checks on the Syria-Iraq border cross, the Authorities in Iraq have repatriated 150 families which consist of 630 people whose members of their families once fought inside the Islamic State terror group, either in Syria or Iraq, according to Iraqi Media.

“630 people entered Iraq, and most of them are women and children”, and “they were immediately transferred to a camp in the south of Mosul” Iraqi media reported.

The Kurdish-controlled camp of al-Hol in the northeastern Syrian Hasakeh governorate holds nationals from some 60 countries who fled from IS’s last enclaves.

The camp includes 30,000 Iraqis, according to a report issued by Human Rights Watch.

More than 60,000 people, two-thirds of them children, are held in camps for families associated with IS fighters. The International Committee of the Red Cross, which visits the camps, has described them as a “tragedy in plain sight”.

 

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