GENEVA: More than 100 people, including many women, have been murdered in a Syria’s al-Hawl detention camp in 18 months, according to the UN.
The camp is becoming increasingly unsafe and child detainees are being condemned to a life with no future, said Imran Riza, the UN resident coordinator in Syria, who called on countries to repatriate their citizens from the sprawling facility.
Al-Hawl, in the Kurdish-controlled north-east, was intended as a temporary detention facility, but it still holds about 56,000 people, mostly Syrians and Iraqis, some of whom have links with Islamic State, which seized swathes of Iraq and Syria in 2014.
The rest are citizens of other countries, including children and other relatives of IS fighters.
About 94% of the detainees were women and children, Riza, who has visited the camp a number of times, told reporters in Geneva.