On March 26, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) besieged the notorious al-Hawl camp in al-Hasakah, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).
According to the state-run agency, dozens of SDF fighters were deployed in the vicinity of the camp, which is located in the eastern al-Hasakah countryside. Around 70,000 people, including relatives of ISIS fighters and suspected members of the terrorist group, are being held in the camp.
The SANA also revealed that SDF fighters established at least fifteen checkpoints around the al-Hawl camp, restricting movement in the area.
“The militia also set up armed checkpoints along the road between al-Hawl camp and al-Hasakah city, preventing movement to and from the camp,” the agency added.
In the last few months, the al-Hawl camp experienced a series of violent incidents, including murders committed ISIS members. In the most recent incident, which took place on March 23, a 15-year old boy was killed.
The SANA claimed that the SDF and its main backer, the US-led coalition, are preparing to storm the camp in order to carry out arrests.
Last year, the SDF conducted a security operation in the al-Hawl camp. The operation failed to improve security in the camp, where ISIS members have been working to implement the group’s radical laws.
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