French lady’s tent in ISIS camp NE Syria set on fire

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – On Saturday, North Press Agency obtained video footage for a tent of a French lady in Roj Camp, in the city of Derik, far northeast Syria, set on fire by a group of radical women.   

Roj Camp is designated for family members of the Islamic State Organization (ISIS) who hail from over 62 Arabic and foreign countries.

A security source in the camp told North Press that no human losses were recorded due to the fire.

The source went further saying, “Radical women set the tent on fire on the pretext that the French woman was not wearing hijab [a cloth wrapped around the head and neck worn by Muslim women].”

This incident is not the first of its kind, on June 13; a fire broke out in the French immigrants’ section in the camp, burning three tents.

Roj Camp, one of several detention camps in northeast Syria, holds about 727 families, numbering 2.310 individuals including 1.582 children.

Residents of the camp are family members of ISIS who joined its ranks during era of the ISIS Islamic Caliphate in 2014.

ISIS lost its final stronghold in Syria in March 2019. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), with the support of the US-led Global Coalition, defeated ISIS after fierce battles in the town of Baghouz in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor, bringing an end to the so-called caliphate declared by the terrorist ISIS.

After Baghouz, thousands of ISIS fighters were transferred to prisons, while their families were transferred to Hawl and Roj camps in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES)-held areas.

Issue of the family members of the ISIS held in camps in northeast Syria constitutes an ongoing challenge for the non-internationally recognized AANES, which repeatedly demands that the concerned countries repatriate their nationals.

Also, the AANES continues to call on the international powers to provide support for establishing rehabilitation centers and help in tackling the security situation in the facilities were ISIS foreign nationals are held.

Despite many calls, the majority of countries, including those participating in the Global coalition, refuse to repatriate their nationals.

Reporting by Hoshang Hassan