At least 31 killings have rocked a camp holding Islamic State group relatives in Syria since early January, a Kurdish official said Wednesday, with aid groups warning of a “nightmare”.
It was the latest evidence of deteriorating security at Al-Hol camp in the Kurdish-run northeast, where Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) had to temporarily suspend operations this week after the killing of one of its team members.
“Since the start of 2021, 31 people have been killed — six of whom were murdered with a sharp object, while the rest where shot dead,” said camp official Jaber Sheikh Mustafa.
The toll has more than doubled since February 8 when it stood at 14, according to Kurdish authorities.
“We believe that IS sleeper cells are behind these murders” that especially target Iraqi residents of the camp, Mustafa told AFP.
But a humanitarian source said recently that tribal score-settling between residents could also be to blame for some murders.
Al-Hol holds almost 62,000 people, mostly women and children, including Syrians, Iraqis and thousands from Europe and Asia accused of family ties with IS fighters.
Source: National News Agency