First Covid-19 cases in Rojava confirmed in Hol terrorist camp


Three health workers at the ISIS camp in Hol reported the first cases of Covid-19 at the tent-city.

The Al-Hol camp is home to tens of thousands of terrorist, including relatives of ISIS jihadists. It is run by the autonomous administration of Rojava and Northern Syria which holds most of the northeast and has reported 54 cases of COVID-19 to date in areas under its control.

“On Aug. 3, three health workers reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 at the Al-Hol IDP camp,” said a spokesman for the UN Organization for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

“The contact tracing process is ongoing. As a precautionary measure, only critical staff, with personal protective equipment, are allowed to operate inside the camp,” said David Swanson. A health official at the camp said the three staff infected work with the Kurdish Red Crescent in Al-Hol.

“We fear that the virus could have spread to camp residents visiting health clinics,” he said.

The latest infections raise to nine the number of Kurdish Red Crescent staff in northeastern Syria who have contracted the virus, a volunteer at the organization said.