In order to be smuggled from outside Daesh-controlled areas in Deir Ezzor to Al-Hasakah province, civilians are forced to pay around 300-500 USD for some human smugglers operating in Deir Ezzor. Upon their arrival in Al-Hasakah province, they are prevented from entering into the Hasakah city by the SDF. Afterwards, they are transported to camps on the outskirts of the city, which lack most of the basic needs. The SDF has issued a decision on banning the displaced families from entering into the Hasakah, unless they provide a Kurdish guarantor.
Rajm Suleibi Sleeping outdoors
The Rajm Suleibi checkpoint is located in the village of Abu Hamidah, rural Al-Hasakah, with some camps established near it. The checkpoint blocks access to civilians from Deir Ezzor willing to travel to Al-Hasakah and Qamishli. Families from Deir Ezzor are gathered in the camp for interrogation and until they find a Kurdish guarantor. There are no toilets, no bathrooms and no free food. The displaced civilians pay high amounts of money in order to obtain food from the SDF members operating that checkpoint.
The Hawl camp is situated in the Hawl area in Hasakah province. It is home to more than 4000 civilians from Deir Ezzor and it consists of unequipped camps. Concerning food, medicines and other human basic needs, civilians can hardly have them. There are also some civilians from Deir Ezzor, who are now in the camp, who carry residency cards from the Gulf countries, but because they were prevented from travelling to the Qamishli airport, they are now stuck in the Hawl camp.
In regards to the Mabrukah camp, it is located 40 km south of Ras Al-Ain city. Civilians fleeing Al-Raqqah and Deir Ezzor are arrested and thrown in the camp and they are then interrogated and asked to provide a Kurdish guarantor to be allowed to leave for Al Hasakah or Qamishli. The SDF treat them this way just because they lived under the
control of Daesh. Sometimes, the displaced civilians can stay for several months, if they do not provide a guarantor or cannot afford to bribe some SDF’s officials in order to be allowed to leave.
Concerning the Rajm Suleibi Checkpoint, the journalist Sardar Mala Darwish said that there are other villages near the Iraqi border where civilians are stranded on their way to Al-Hasakah province. After the start of the battle for Mosul, several families, mainly those residing in the area of Al-Baaj, have fled to the Hasakah province in Syria. What increase their suffering is the area where they are stranded because it is an unpopulated desert area that lacks most of human basic needs. He added that the SDF are not doing anything that might alleviate the suffering of displaced civilians.
Based on his conversation with several people from Deir Ezzor, who are now in the Rajm Suleibi area, most of them have flight tickets and residency cards belonging to the Gulf countries. All the displaced civilians are interoggated and have their names registered because of arriving in the area from Deir Ezzor, which is controlled by Daesh.