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Syria: sources, 500 Iraqi refugees repatriated today from al Hol

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(ANSAMed) – BEIRUT, JUN 01 – About 500 Iraqi civilians, mostly women and children, have been locked up for years in a prison camp in northeastern Syria run by US-backed Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) militias, they will be repatriated in the next few hours to neighboring Iraq.

Local sources report this to the media in the Syrian region of Hasake, where the infamous al Hol camp is located, where tens of thousands of civilians, mostly Syrians and Iraqis, have been detained for more than three years.

According to sources, 13 buses arrived this morning from the Iraqi city of Mosul to transport Iraqi refugees to their homeland.

Since 2019, Kurdish forces have amassed tens of thousands of civilians, mostly women and children, from Syrian areas long under the control of ISIS in al Hol camp.

In the prison camp there are about 30 thousand Syrians, about 25 thousand Iraqis, together with a few thousand belonging to more than 50 different nationalities, including Westerners.

The al Hol camp is described as a “small Islamic state” in reference to the fact that after three years of imprisonment in conditions on the verge of survival, tens of thousands of people remain exposed to violent practices against the backdrop of radical ideologies.

Dozens of people have been killed in al Hol camp, mostly women, both Iraqis and Syrians, since the beginning of the year, according to reports from humanitarian organizations attempting to work in the camp after obtaining permits from PKK militiamen. (ANSAMed).

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Source: Ansa

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