Europa Press

La Jornada newspaper
Sunday, January 9, 2022, p. 19

Madrid. The Iraqi government confirmed yesterday that it had received 50 Syrian citizens suspected of belonging to the terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIS), according to local security spokesmen.

The handover took place at the Rabia border crossing, in an operation by the Iraqi Joint Operations Command, according to a statement collected by the Kurdish agency Rudaw.

Most of the released prisoners were detained by the Syrian Democratic Forces coalition, responsible for the arrests of thousands of jihadist fighters and their families when they seized control of the group’s last stronghold in Syria in March 2019.

Most were in the Syrian camp of Al Hol, in the northeast of the country, considered by experts as a hotbed, as it houses 60 thousand people, mostly women and children of different nationalities, where conflicts tend to occur between them. refugees, without the existence of an authority that can establish order or guarantee fundamental human rights.

The sleeper cells of the Islamic State are still active in the camp, where several murders have been reported in recent months, hence various initiatives have been launched to reduce the overcrowding of that enclave.