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Kurdish forces in northeast Syria conduct security raid in al-Hol camp

The United Nations said the operation in al-Hol interfered with humanitarian services, but the US military, which supported the operation, said the disruption was minimal. Violence has increased greatly in the camp this year.
A member of the Syrian Kurdish internal security services known as Asayish stands guard during the release of persons suspected of being related to Islamic State (IS) group fighters from the Kurdish-run al-Hol camp in Hasakeh governorate in northeastern Syria, on January 19, 2021.

Northeast Syrian security forces conducted a security raid on Sunday at the notorious al-Hol camp housing many Islamic State (IS) families. There has been an outbreak of violence in the camp this year amid a slow repatriation process for detainees.

Local forces detained nine individuals in the camp, including high-ranking IS leader Abu Saad al-Iraqi. Nongovernmental humanitarian organizations continued providing services throughout the operation with “minimal disruption,” the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said in a statement on Sunday.

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