The al-Hol camp is currently witnessing an unprecedented period of instability and violence, as pro-ISIS residents and members of the “Hisbah” morality police have unleashed a clandestine campaign of murder and arson across the camp. These activities culminated in an organized attack targeting an on-site UNICEF school, where extremists killed staff and publicly beheaded a student who was formerly affiliated with an ISIS youth group. In response to rising bloodshed, the SDF launched a large-scale armed operation to crack down on wanted individuals and weapons within al-Hol. As the humanitarian and medical situation in the camp worsens, coronavirus cases across northeast Syria are up sharply over the past fortnight, with new recorded cases and deaths nearly doubling over the count for the previous period.
Attached Map: Military Situation in North-East Syria – 30th March 2021