Around 8 thousands children, women and elderly detained by YPG in Ayn Eissa camp and it is out of Raqqa civil council jurisdiction

Raqqa Civil Council employees while checking refugees’ ID cards in Ayn Eissa camp

Self-Autonomous block around 8K civilians from leaving Ayn Eissa camp north Raqqa under the pretext of “security concerns” and not finishing verifying their IDs and ideologies, while they are suffering inhuman conditions in the camp.

NSO reporter met Abu Khaled a civilian from Raqqa and works are a volunteer in the camp said: YPG doing high security in the camp and block civilians from leaving under the pretext of not finishing checking their IDs and passport confiscated when they enter the camp, in addition to “self-autonomous” to not letting civilians out for now.

Abu Khaled clarified that civilians (around 8K) live in a camp similar to a detention camp where they are blocked from leaving it under any circumstances except who has “special sponsorship” from someone close to self-autonomous.

Abu Khaled continue “majority of the civilians here are women, children and elderly while self-autonomous claim there might be ISIS fighters among them.

Abu Khaled pointed out that Raqqa Civil Council which was formed by self-autonomous tried to let civilians leave but their requests were disapproved and asked to not intervene in security issues.

Abu Khaled mentioned that the common figures of the area asked the Council many times to put pressure on self-autonomous to let them leave but all their replies was it is out of their jurisdictions and it is in YPG Military Intelligence hands.

SDF observed the formation of Raqqa Civil Council in 18/4/2017 while majority of Raqqa civil society refused it

Tens thousands of people from Raqqa and its countryside live in inhuman conditions in many camps lack any life depending materials spread out from Raqqa to Tal Abyad while nearly complete absence of local and international aid organizations.

Human Rights Watch issued a report yesterday pointed out that “Self-Autonomous” blocked civilian refugees inside Raqqa province to leave Ayn Eissa camp by confiscating their IDs and passports.

The report added that restriction on freedom of travelling as the situation in Mabrouke and Ayn al-Aroud camps is concerning, while reports also mentioned more than 3500 families using their vehicles as houses on the outskirts of Ayn Eissa camp waiting for the authorities to give them back their IDs and papers, in addition to IDs and passports cellphones confiscated when civilian refugees enter Mabrouke camp in Hasakah countryside.

Obada Al-Hussien

A journalist works in audio and written editorial. He writes for several electronic and paper-based Arabic newspapers and magazines.


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