14 ISIS members arrested in Syria’s Hawl camp

HASAKAH, Syria (North Press) – The Internal Security Forces of North and East Syria (Asayish) in Hawl camp, east of Hasakah, northeast Syria, arrested, yesterday, 14 members of Islamic State organization (ISIS) sleeper cell.

A security source in Hawl camp said the Asayish arrested 14 people, including a woman, who participated in killing and assassination operations, the latest of which was the attack on the reception center and security forces points.

The source added to North Press that the campaign targeted the first three sectors of the camp, which include Iraqi refugees.

The ISIS agents admitted that they participated in killings and assassinations, the latest of which was the attack on the reception center, according to the source.

He pointed out that the cell also admitted the presence of weapons in the fifth sector of the camp, but the security forces were unable to find them and find wanted suspects hiding in the sector, which includes Syrian IDPs. 

On November 12, ISIS sleeper cells infiltrated into the reception department, fired at a number of refugees killing two Iraqis including head of the Iraqi Council, and wounded several women.

Following the attack on the reception department, the Asayish stated that Hawl Camp is an international dilemma that all international powers should assume responsibility for solving this issue.

The Hawl Camp has witnessed many killing incidents, during the current year; most of them were carried out via silencer weapons.

Since early 2021, 90 killing incidents were recorded in the camp most of them were carried out against Iraqi refugees.

The Camp also houses about 15,650 families with total of 57,516 individuals including 8,049 Iraqi families and 5,153 Syrian ones.

Additionally, it includes about 2,448 families with an estimate o8,245 individuals including women and children of detained and dead of foreign ISIS militants.

It is also known as a “ticking time bomb” due to the presence of extremists of ISIS wives and children, and tens of thousands of their supporters in a camp sometimes described as “the most dangerous camp in the world.”

Reporting by Jindar Abdulqader