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Kurdish-led authorities and members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have started removing Syrian nationals from the al-Hawl camp, as footage filmed on Monday shows.

The camp, situated on the outskirts of the town of al-Hawl in Syria’s Hasakah Governorate, hosts individuals displaced from territories formerly controlled by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIL/ISIS), including the relatives of alleged Islamic State fighters.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), as of October 4th, the camp holds approximately 64,619 people, 48 percent of which are Iraqis (30,824), 37 percent Syrians (24,325), and 15 percent are third-country nationals (9,462).

Over the past eight weeks, at least 1,000 individuals have reportedly been released from the camp, the majority said to be Syrian nationals. At least 18 children with foreign citizenship have also been repatriated, by other countries including Russia, Canada, and the UK.

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