The campaign by nearly 5,000 members of the Kurdish-led forces follows an outbreak of violence in a sprawling camp in northeastern Syria.
Kurdish-led forces in northeastern Syria arrested nine people, including suspected ISIS members (ISIS), during a security sweep through a sprawling northeastern Syrian camp housing families of combatants.
The campaign by nearly 5,000 US-backed Kurdish forces followed a spike in violence in the al-Hol camp, home to more than 60,000 people, many of whom are supporters or families of fighters. of ISIL.
The forces, in a statement on the Kurdish news agency Hawar, said they had arrested nine people, including an Iraqi ISIS member who worked in recruitment.
Violence has increased in recent months, where 47 people have been killed by ISIL supporters inside the camp since the start of the year, the statement said.
According to Rami Abdul Rahman, head of the United Kingdom-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, more than 30 people were arrested during the sweeping operation in and around al-Hol camp.
“Arrests are ongoing” as part of a multi-day operation by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is the main fighting force of the Kurdish regional administration, the Kurdish YPG militia and a police force local, said Abdul Rahman.
Syrians and foreigners “suspected of supporting ISIS” have been arrested, he said.
SDF officials confirmed the operation, with one saying it would last at least 10 days.
A video released by the YPG showed the militia leading a group of men towards vehicles.
Separately, US-led coalition spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto said on Twitter that Kurdish-led forces are also enlisting residents in the camps using biometric technology to help “maintain security by identifying [those residing in the camp] linked to terrorist activities ”.
Marotto said the campaign was aimed at improving the safety and security of people living in the camp.
the #Asayish and #SDF proceed with bio-registration, helping to maintain security by identifying #alhawl camp linked to terrorist activities, during an operation to improve the safety and security of those who live and work in al-Hawl and #defeatdaesh. https://t.co/PA8yRaYLIY
– OIR spokesperson Colonel Wayne Marotto (@OIRSpox) March 28, 2021
It has been two years since the US-led coalition captured the last part of the territory held by ISIS, ending their self-proclaimed caliphate that covered much of Iraq and Syria.
The brutal war lasted for several years and left the Kurdish authorities allied with the United States in control of eastern and northeastern Syria, with a small presence of several hundred American forces still deployed there.
Since then, the remaining ISIL fighters have gone underground in the Syrian-Iraqi border region and have continued to launch attacks.
Thousands of wives, widows, children and other relatives or ISIS supporters who remained in the last strip of land held by the group have been transferred to the camp or prisons.
The majority of al-Hol’s residents are Iraqis and Syrians, but they also include other nationalities.
The camp was chaotic, with staunch fighters from its population imposing their will on others and seeking to prevent them from cooperating with the Kurdish authorities guarding it.