Iraqi Ministry says it repatriated 766 families from al-Hol camp

A picture taken on October 17, 2019, shows a woman and child near a water tank at the Kurdish-run al-Hol camp for the displaced where families of Islamic State (IS) foreign fighters are held, in the al-Hasakeh governorate in northeastern Syria. (Photo by Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP) (Photo by DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraqi News Agency (INA) on Friday reported that at least 766 families were repatriated to Iraq from the massive Syrian al-Hol camp by the Ministry of Migration.  

INA said the Ministry of Migration and Displacement announced the repatriation of 766 Iraqi families from the Kurdish-run al-Hol camp, it said they were mostly women and children, elderly.

“The 766 families represent 3,090 individuals, transferred to Al-Jada’a camp, south of Mosul,” INA said.

Al-Hol is a desert camp run by Syrian Kurdish forces for 60,000 people from more than 60 countries, holding those who have a suspected link to the Islamic State terrorist group.

The camp is located in northeastern Syria’s Hasekeh governorate, most of its inhabitants  are women and children who fled there after Islamic State’s last enclaves

The International Committee of the Red Cross, which visits the camps, has described them as a “tragedy in plain sight”.

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