As the first stage of the ‘Humanity and Security’ operations – launched by North and East Syria’s Internal Security Forces in the al-Hol Camp – ended on 2 April, 31 ISIS members were captured.
Most of the operations took place in locations where Iraqi refugees were staying. ISIS members who were captured are reportedly being accused of murders in the camp and/or spreading ISIS ideology within the camp and/or supplying weapons for ISIS.
Qusey Mihemed (Abu Kirar), the second highest ranking ISIS official, and Ehmed Xaşî (Ebû Xalid), the ISIS member responsible for al-Hol camp, were arrested.
Xaşi, who joined ISIS in 2014, reportedly admitted that summary executions by ISIS were undertaken. “We are working to spread our ideology in the camp”, he informed Hawar News Agency.
Xaşi moved to Al-Hol Camp as an Iraqi citizen with his family in February 2019. Since then, he has been the key person who has been responsible for organising ISIS throughout the camp. He reportedly stated that ISIS has been operating in two groups in the Al Hol camp. “The first group is working with the families, the second group is the attack group. It carries out trials and executions on behalf of ISIS”, he said.
Regarding the murders, Xaşi stated: “We were assassinating those who had contacts with the Internal Security Forces and camp management and those who did not obey ISIS’s thoughts. First, different methods were used to conduct murders. The latest method was by using weapons”.
ISIS cells have reportedly executed 47 people in Al-Hol Camp since the beginning of 2021.