A fireplace in a camp housing households of members of the Islamic State group killed three kids and injured 15 others in northeast Syria, the U.N. kids’s company, UNICEF, mentioned Sunday.
UNICEF referred to as for the protected reintegration and repatriation of all kids in al-Hol Camp and throughout the northeast of Syria following the hearth the day earlier than. It was not instantly clear what brought on the hearth that burnt a number of tents within the sprawling al-Hol camp, which has witnessed a pointy improve in crimes in latest weeks.
Al-Hol homes the wives, widows, kids and different relations of IS militants — greater than 80% of its 62,000 residents are ladies and youngsters. The bulk are Iraqis and Syrians, however it consists of some 10,000 individuals from 57 different nations, housed in a extremely secured separate space often called the Annex. Lots of them stay die-hard IS supporters.
A whole lot of different youngsters are held in prisons for former membership in IS, which as soon as managed massive components of Syria and Iraq. It misplaced its final sliver of territory, in jap Syria, in March 2019.
“Youngsters in al-Hol are confronted not solely with the stigma they’re dwelling with but in addition with very tough dwelling situations the place primary providers are scarce or in some circumstances unavailable,” mentioned UNICEF’s Regional Director for the Center East and North Africa Ted Chaiban.
Greater than 22,000 non-Syrian kids are stranded in al-Hol, along with 1000’s of Syrian kids. On Jan. 30, U.N. counterterrorism chief Vladimir Voronkov urged residence nations to repatriate the kids, warning that they’re liable to radicalization.
Though some nations have returned kids and girls from the camp, many others, together with Iraq, have thus far abstained from doing so.
Chaiban, the UNICEF official mentioned that the detention of kids “is a measure of final resort and must be for the shortest time doable.” He added that kids shouldn’t be detained primarily based solely on suspected household ties with armed teams or the membership of relations in armed teams.