Some People Can’t Wait to Bring Them “Home”. Why?

Female Isil supporter killed in row over makeshift Sharia court which ruled that foreigners had to study the Koran. The women wanted to enforce the the koranic study with lashes in Syrian camp’.

Female Isil supporter killed in row over makeshift Sharia court in Syrian camp

The camp is home to some 73,000, mostly women and children, displaced from former Isil territoryThe al-Hol camp is home to some 73,000, mostly women and children, displaced from former Isil territory

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A female Isil supporter was killed and seven others injured during an exchange of gunfire over a secret Sharia court set up in a Syrian camp holding displaced women and children.

The row broke out when a group of female Isil supporters ordered that several other women in the foreigners’ section of al-Hol camp be given lashes for refusing to attend an informal Koranic studies class.

Guards from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, who run the camp, intervened and opened fire after one of the Isil members pulled out a pistol that had reportedly been smuggled into the camp.

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The women claimed they had also taken hostage employees of Medecins Sans Frontieres, though this was denied by the aid agency, which said it had treated four women for gunshot wounds.

The incident has refocused attention on the need to find a workable legal solution for the 10,000 foreigners living in squalid conditions in the camp, which holds some 73,000 displaced from former Isil territory.

The Kurdish authorities controlling the camp have called on Western nations to take responsibility for their citizens
The Kurdish authorities controlling the camp have called on Western governments to take responsibility for their citizens
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Several reports have said groups of women are attempting to impose Isil law on others in the camp.

“The situation in [al-Hol] camp is deteriorating sharply as Daesh militants have stepped up their regrouping efforts through women in the camp recently,” said SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali. “This is going to be very dangerous in future unless governments take responsibility for their citizens.”

Experts have repeatedly urged Western governments to repatriate their citizens and try them in their own courts, fearing a situation where the limited resources available to the authorities running the camps are overpowered.

“The lack of action on al-Hol will certainly come back to haunt us,” said former Syria adviser to the Pentagon Jasmine El-Gamal.  “This is no longer a disaster in the making; it is a full blown security threat.”

“The longer these women are left to fester in these camps, the more difficult it will be find a durable solution for them,” Ms El-Gamal warned. “With every day comes an increasing risk of an internal prison break or external attack, meanwhile the SDF lacks the institutions and capacity to contain this mess.”

“Our doctors should not be treating women for gunshot wounds in a closed, camp setting,” said Robert Onus, MSF emergency manager for Syria. “If we find ourselves in such a situation, something has gone terribly wrong.”

 

2 thoughts on “Some People Can’t Wait to Bring Them “Home”. Why?”

  1. I saw the heart wrenching story on the ABC Four Corners. As they would all have Lebanese passports as well as Australian, why don’t they go there? Seems like the all went there for holidays, then to Turkey, before they all unwittingly crossed the border into Syria to do aid work.

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