Numerous tribal leaders and residents of Zummar and Rabia closed the main gate of Umla camp and do not allow ISIS women and their children to be transported to the camp.
People of the area have rejected the Iraqi government’s decision to transport ISIS women and their children from al-Hol camp in Syria to a camp in Zummar, Nineveh province.
Umla camp, which is in Zummar and 50 percent of it has been completed, is supposed to receive ISIS women and their children.
Masoud Sliman Sadun, leader of GarGari tribe in Zummar, and who participated in the protest, said, “The main door of the camp has been closed by order of the tribal leaders, but it is the first step and we will not stop with this and will take other steps.”
He also warned the government that if it does not cancel the decision, then “they will arrange such a protest that has not been arranged before.”
He claimed that “we will not allow any ISIS woman and child to be moved from Syria to Umla camp in Zummar.
ISIS women and their children have been entered to al-Hol camp in Hasakah province, north-eastern Syria. The camp predominantly hosts ISIS women and their children, including foreign members of ISIS.
According to the Iraqi Ministry of Displacement and Migration, more than 30 thousand Iraqi citizens live in the al-Hol camp. Approximately 4 thousand of them are women and children, who want to be transported to Iraq.
Ahmad Jafar, the commissioner of Zummar subdistrict, said, “based on tribal leaders and people’s order, the main door of the camp was closed, and no one will be allowed to work there.”
The deputy governor of Nineveh and parliament members were also present in the protest, and they gave a letter to the Ministry of Displacement and Migration. Now, they are waiting for the ministry’s responses.
Zummar is a disputed subdistrict between Kurdistan Regional Government and Federal Government. The subdistrict is part of Tal Afar district, 63 km west of Mosul.