AL-HOL, Syria — The General Command of the Internal Security Forces (ISF) of North and East Syria announced the results of the first day of the “Humanity and Security Campaign” it launched on Sunday to disrupt Islamic State (ISIS) activity in Al-Hole Refugee Camp.
According to the statement, a leader of the Islamic State, Abu Saad al-Iraqi, was arrested during the operation. Al-Iraqi was a long-time recruiter for ISIS.
Nine other suspected ISIS members were arrested, including several whose names were on a wanted list of known ISIS members.
The number of people within the camp were counted and each section temporarily emptied and thoroughly searched.
Several tunnels dug people in the camp were discovered during the operation.
The campaign launched amidst a sharp increase in violent incidents in the camp. Several days ago, tribal leaders from area where many of those in the camp originate from urged the SDF to do more to combat the presence of the Islamic State in the camp.
According to the General Command of the ISF, approximately 5,000 members of the security forces are working on the campaign.
Al-Hol houses roughly 62,000 people, many of them affiliated with the Islamic State. There have been 47 murders in the camp so far in 2021.