Human traffickers are scamming ISIS supporters who are desperate to get their comrades and their families out from the notorious al-Hawl camp in northeastern Syria, the Analytical Network News Agency (ANNA News) reported on June 18.
The camp, which is located in the eastern countryside of al-Hasakah, is being run by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). More than 60,000 people, including thousands of foreigners, are being held in al-Hawl. Many of the camp’s residents are relatives of ISIS terrorists, or suspected members of the group.
The camp experiences escape attempts on a regular basis. Nevertheless, only a few made it out due to the SDF’s tight control.
According to the ANNA, the few who manage to escape the camp end up paying up to $2,300 to traffickers in order to reach Turkey.
Some traffickers even offer ISIS relatives to smuggle them out of the camp. However, the cost for that can be as high as $10,000. The money is usually collected by ISIS supporters aboard. Very few manage to escape this way. In most cases, the traffickers end up taking the money for themselves. The deal is more of a scam.
The hellish situation in the al-Hawl camp is encouraging many of its residents to risk everything to escape. Crime is widespread inside the camp.
Earlier this year, the SDF carried out a security-humanitarian operation in the camp. Nevertheless, the situation didn’t improve much. According to a recent report by the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least seven people have been murdered inside the camp since the end of the operation.
- Central Syrian Insurgency: ISIS Attack Leaves Ten Iranian-Backed Fighters Dead Or Wounded In Deir Ezzor
- Russia’s KAMAZ-43269 “Vystrel” Spotted Participating In Patrol In Northern Syria For First Time