Two people murdered in Hol Camp within one day

Two Iraqi men were murdered in the Hol Camp in northern Syria within 24 hours. ISIS women are suspected behind the murders.

In the Hol Camp, 45 kilometers southeast of Hesekê, a refugee from Iraq was murdered this morning. According to the officials of the camp, the murder was committed by ISIS women. The evening before, a 27-year-old Iraqi refugee was murdered.

The camp is currently home to about 65,000 people from more than 50 different countries, including thousands of ISIS families who were captured by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) after the capture of the last bastion of the Islamist terrorist organization in March last year near Hajin near Deir ez-Zor, and is considered one of the most dangerous camps in the world.

The tent city was erected by the UNHCR for Iraqi refugees in early 1991 during the Second Gulf War. After the camp was closed for a while, it was reopened in 2003 in the course of the Iraq war. For the past year and a half, it has been used mainly to house women and children who previously lived in areas under ISIS control. A major problem, however, is the massive overcrowding. The conditions are catastrophic due to the lack of aid from the international community, and medical care is miserable.

The approximately 25,000 Syrian citizens in the camp are to be released under a general amnesty. This was announced last week in Raqqa by Ilham Ehmed, the chairperson of the executive committee of the Syrian Democratic Council (MSD). The release of all Syrians interned in the camp, 17,000 of them children and minors, would on the one hand reduce the pressure on the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, and on the other hand meet the demands of the local tribes, Ehmed said.

Most of the Syrians interned in Hol Camp are members of ISIS jihadists, but there are also many internally displaced persons. The 30,000 Iraqi women, including 20,000 children, and nearly 10,000 foreigners, including 7,000 children, are staying in the camp for the time being. The central government in Baghdad virtually halted the repatriation of Iraqi citizens a while ago, and there is no response to requests from northeast Syria.

Murder and stabbing crimes have remarkably increased in the Hol Camp recently. Women are behind most of these crimes in an effort to preserve extremist ideology among their families, and spread it among Iraqi refugees.

In a recent report documenting continuing violations and abuses by nearly every conflict actor controlling territory in Syria, the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic accused the SDF of the long detention or internment of ISIS jihadists and their relatives in prisons and camps under their control, including the Hol Camp.

SDF Commander General Mazlum Abdi criticized the report, saying that the "complex and international dimension" of the situation in the Hol Camp was "unjustifiably" ignored. The camp is home to some 65,000 people from dozens of different countries, including thousands of ISIS members and their families who were apprehended by the SDF after the capture of the terrorist organization's last bastion in eastern Syria last March. "Most states refuse to take back their nationals held in the camp. International organizations have reduced their role to humanitarian aid," said Mazlum Abdi.