In the northeast of Syria, Ein Issa has become a hub for those fleeing violence in Raqqa and other areas controlled by ISIS. Around 8,000 people are currently living in the camp, in the desert under harsh conditions with soaring temperatures.
As the war rages on people are constantly flooding into the camp every day. Since the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched their operations to liberate Raqqa, ISIS’ largest stronghold in Syria, 324,000 people have fled their homes.
Ein Issa is a town and nahiyah within the Tell Abyad District of Raqqa Governorate in Syria. In June 2015, Ayn Issa was taken over by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the course of their Tell Abyad offensive. While it was shortly recaptured by Islamic State militants, it was reclaimed by the YPG in early July. After the SDF launched the “Wrath of the Euphrates” operations and the conflict began to heat up in the Raqqa province, camps began to be set up near the town.
The camp is a major transit point for civilians fleeing ISIS-held territory and heading to SDF-controlled areas of northern Syria. At the height of the influx in May, some 1,500 new arrivals were screened and processed at the camp each day.
At the request of the Civil Council, and due to the urgent situation and the pressures inside the camp, hundreds of new tents are being se up in Ein Issa and in the al-Qattan camp.