In Syria, an large-scale operation against the Isis terrorist organization, involving 5,000 to 6,000 Kurdish soldiers and security police, began on Sunday at al-Hol camp.
The operation is led by the Alliance of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
According to The Guardian, local Kurdish sources say the 15-day mission aims to find and arrest Isis leaders in the area, thereby reducing the organisation's power in al-Hol.
According to sources, one leader was caught during the first day.
In addition, troops arrested dozens of other people suspected of supporting Isis.
It is hoped that weakening Isis' grip will, among other things, make it easier for aid organizations to operate in a camp with more than 60,000 people living in poor conditions.
Most of the residents are women and children.
In addition, the aim is to prevent the growth of new extremist Islamist generations.
Many residents of the camp are still supporters of Isis.
The SDF, which oversees the camp entrances, has previously admitted that it has little power inside the camp.
According to The Guardian, SDF guards have occasionally been killed with knives distributed by aid workers at the camp for cooking.
The mission is scheduled to continue for 15 days.Image: YPG Press Office / AFP / Lehtikuva
Peter Maurer, director of the International Committee of the Red Cross, visited al-Hol just two days before the start of the operation and described the camp as “a place where hope dies”.
- It is a scandal that the international community allows the existence of such a place to continue, Maurer said.
He highlighted, for example, the camp’s problems with food and health care.
In addition, he said he was concerned that children growing up without proper education lack prospects.
Western countries are not participating in the current operation, but Wayne Marotto, a spokesman for the U.S.-led anti-Isis operation, said on Twitter that the SDF operation has their support.