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The SDF detain several escapees from the Al Hol camp after a bombardment by Turkey

File – Al Hol Camp, Syria. – STRINGER / XINHUA NEWS / CONTACTOPHOTO – Archive

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have announced the arrest of several people who fled on Wednesday from the Al Hol camp, located in northeastern Syria, after a Turkish bombardment against the surroundings of the facilities, as part of its offensive against Kurdish groups. in the Arab country.

The spokesman for the SDF – headed by the Kurdish-Syrian militia Popular Protection Units (YPG) -, Farhad Shami, has detailed through a series of messages on his account on the social network Twitter that “Turkish warplanes They attacked the internal security forces responsible for protecting the Al Hol camp.”

“As a result, some Islamic State families were able to flee the camp,” he said, before stressing that “this shows that Turkey’s intention is to help Islamic State families and their members escape.”

However, it has highlighted that “internal security forces have arrested six members of Islamic State families, including three women” shortly after their escape and has guaranteed that “the exceptional security situation is under control”.

“Despite this, the camp is still under threat from Turkish reconnaissance devices loaded with rockets flying over the field,” Shami denounced, adding that the SDF “is concerned about the possibility of Turkey attacking prisons in the area “.

The attack was confirmed by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which said on its website that Turkish planes had carried out two strikes on a protection center in Al Hol and described “a state of chaos and fear” among residents.

The Al Hol camp, located in northeastern Syria and under the control of the SDF, houses thousands of relatives of members of the Islamic State, mostly women and children, although there are also detainees who are not related to the jihadist group. .

Various NGOs have raised alarms about the situation in the camp, the scene of murders and attacks in the absence of adequate living conditions, and have called on countries with nationals in Al Hol to speed up repatriations.

The Turkish bombardments took place within the framework of its ‘Sword Claw’ operation, launched on Monday against Kurdish groups -mainly the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the YPG in Iraq and Syria- after the attack on 13 September. November in Istanbul, which left six dead and more than 80 injured.

The Turkish government has accused the PKK of the attack and has said that the main suspect had received orders from the YPG, although both the PKK and the FDS have disassociated themselves from the attack and have conveyed their condolences to the victims.



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