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a yr after the assault on the jihadist jail, the inhabitants of Hassaké stay traumatized

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Only a yr in the past, Islamic State commandos attacked a jail containing hundreds of jihadists in an try to free them, in Hassaké, in northeastern Syria. Ten days of preventing and mutinies inside and outdoors. Outcome: practically 400 lifeless among the many jihadists, 120 among the many safety forces, and an unknown variety of escapees. The Al Ghwayran neighborhood the place the jail is positioned has been partially destroyed and its inhabitants nonetheless dwell in worry.

From our particular correspondents in Hassaké, with the participation of Jiwan Mirzo

Within the muddy streets of Al Ghwayran, kids run in faucet dancing in the midst of winter. It’s a poor district of Hassaké with a jail for jihadists in the midst of it, the partitions of which stretch so far as the attention can see. the January 20, 2022, two truck bombs explode in entrance of the doorways of the constructing. Heavy gunfire ensues. Abu Hacine, who lives subsequent door, nonetheless traumatized, remembers it. ” It was a Thursday night. The following morning we got here out, we thought it was simply incidents however we did not know that the Islamic State members had scattered all around the neighborhood. Abu Hacine asks the troopers who’re there what’s going on. ” They mentioned “nothing”. However abruptly there was a shot and my cousin fell to the bottom, he says, tight throat. We have been on the entrance to my home. He was killed and nobody tried to search out out what actually occurred. Now her kids are orphans. What did he do to deserve this? »

Fierce preventing, air strikes, it can take ten days for the Kurdish safety forces, aided by the American military, to regain complete management of the jail. The manhunt can also be going down outdoors, within the Al Ghwayran district the place tons of of jihadists have taken refuge. All the pieces is sealed off and the inhabitants are compelled to flee. ” When the preventing began, we left, the entire neighborhood emptied out, Ahmad says, his face wrapped in a keffiyeh. Folks have taken two and even three months to return again and a few haven’t even been in a position to. The realm was forbidden and it was not allowed to go to his home. »

A yr after the assault on Hasakah jail, most residents of Al Ghwayran have returned residence however life has not resumed as earlier than because of the destruction. © Murielle Paradon/RFI

The worry of a brand new assault

As we speak, most residents of Al Ghwayran have returned to their houses, however life has not resumed as earlier than because of the destruction. ” The bakery was destroyed by bombardments, that is what has affected the inhabitants of Al Ghwayran essentially the mostexplains Abu Hussein, an previous man who sells tea in a trailer. For bread now, we’ve to pay 500 kilos extra to retailers from outdoors. Public providers for the inhabitants have been destroyed. There’s unimaginable poverty. I’ve a boy who works with me and my daughters, they do not go to high school anymore as a result of many of the faculties are occupied by displaced folks “, he laments.

Outdoors his grocery retailer, Faiz is offended. This service provider can now not take this jail which, in line with him, represents a everlasting menace to him and his household: “ Are you able to think about a jail in the midst of a metropolis? We’re all the time afraid, what have we executed? They’ve to maneuver the jail some other place! “. Faiz talks concerning the coaching of the jail safety forces and the shootings that we hear recurrently. A couple of meters away, an previous girl who tries to heat herself, with kids, round a brazier, goes additional. She lives in psychosis from one other jail assault. “ We’re terrified. We go to sleep in worry and we get up in worry. Why do not we take these prisoners residence? she asks. We’re already poor, why can we maintain them right here? »

The Al Ghwayran neighborhood in Hassaké, where the prison is located, was partly destroyed and its inhabitants still live in fear.
The Al Ghwayran neighborhood in Hassaké, the place the jail is positioned, was partly destroyed and its inhabitants nonetheless dwell in worry. © Murielle Paradon/RFI

Numerous these prisoners are overseas jihadists who got here to hitch the ranks of the Islamic State group in Syria earlier than being defeated in 2019 in Baghouz. Their respective international locations are reluctant to repatriate them. And the Kurdish forces that maintain them in detention lack the means. They estimate {that a} new assault like that of final yr at Hassaké jail might occur once more at any time. Cells of the Islamic State group are nonetheless energetic within the area.

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Hassaké prison, in the Al Ghwayran district, in January 2023.
Hassaké jail, within the Al Ghwayran district, in January 2023. © Julien Boileau/RFI

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