Kurdish forces in northeast Syria have successfully conducted a rescue operation in al-Hol camp, liberating a Yazidi woman, Kovan Aidi Khourto, from nearly a decade of captivity under the Islamic State (ISIS). The operation was carried out by the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ), an all-female affiliate of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Kovan, originally from the village of Hardan in Shangal (Sinjar), was abducted during the 2014 massacre that marked one of ISIS’s most heinous acts of genocide.
Al-Hol camp, known for its dire conditions and the presence of tens of thousands of ISIS families and supporters, remains a significant challenge in the region. Despite the camp being a focal point for humanitarian and security concerns, Kurdish forces continue to carry out operations to neutralize threats and rescue victims of ISIS’s reign of terror. Kurdish authorities also announced the capture of an ISIS facilitator involved in spreading extremism among children.