Security and countering violence

The Kurdish semi-autumn administration has allowed more than 500 Syrians to leave the Al-Hol IDP camp. Citing local sources, AFP reported that these Syrians are displaced or family members of ISIS fighters.

In a statement given to AFP, Kurdish official Sheikhmous Ahmed said that “515 people from 120 families, all from eastern Deir Ezzor province, have left the camp”. According to the official, approximately 10,000 Syrians will be leaving the camp as this initiative, which has already allowed 6,000 people to leave, progresses.

Last October, Kurdish local authorities announced that thousands of Syrians will leave the overcrowded IDP camp in Al-Hor without giving details of the timing of the initiative resulting from mediations led by Arab tribal leaders, majority in eastern Syria.

According to the United Nations (UN), the camp is home to more than 64,000 people, including 24,300 Syrians, most of whom are women and children. Iraqis, who represent the largest number of residents of this camp, will not be affected by this initiative.