On April 1, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) large-scale security-humanitarian operation in the notorious al-Hawl camp in northeastern Syria entered its fifth day.
The US-backed group announced that its fighters had cleared the sixth and eight sections of the camp, where around 60,000 people are being held. A day earlier, SDF fighters secured the fifth section. More than 1,400 tents were searched and secured.
The SDF didn’t share the total number of suspects who were arrested on the fifth day. However, it announced that an Algerian leader of ISIS was apprehended.
The leader, Muhammad Abdul Rahman Sharif Dabakh, was ISIS military commander in the town of al-Shadadi in southern al-Hasakah. In al-Hawl camp, Dabakh collected Zakat [Islamic taxes] for the terrorist group.
On the fourth day of the operation, the SDF arrested more than 70 ISIS members, including the terrorist group’s Judge in al-Hawl. Many of the people being held in al-Hawl camp are either relatives of ISIS fighters or suspected members of the group.
The ongoing operation, which was launched by the SDF on March 28, is meant to secure al-Hawl once and for all. Around 6,000 fighters from the SDF, Asayish security forces and the Women’s Protection Units are taking part in the operation.
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