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Killings Surge In Syria Camp Housing Islamic State Families

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FILE - In this March 31, 2019 file, photo, women residents from former Islamic State-held areas in Syria line up for aid supplies at Al-Hol camp in Hassakeh province, Syria. Killings have surged inside the camp with at least 20 men and women killed in January, 2021. They are believed to be the victims of IS militants trying to enforce their power inside the camp housing 62,000 people, mostly women and children. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

(AP) — Killings have surged inside the camp in northeast Syria housing families of Islamic State group members. At least 20 men and women were killed in January, believed to be the victims of IS militants trying to enforce their power inside the camp housing 62,000 people, mostly women and children.

The violence has heightened calls by the U.N. for countries to repatriate their citizens still in the camp. In particular, officials fear that, if left in the camp, the some 27,000 non-Syrian children there are vulnerable to being radicalized.

 

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