Ein Issa camp is located a few kilometres north of Raqqa city, which was only recently liberated by the Syrian Democratic Forces. A large number of displaced people escaped Raqqa as it was the epicentre of clashes between ISIS militants and SDF fighters for a number of months during the SDF’s liberation effort. It is now claimed that the majority of displaced people in Ein Issa are escapees from Deir ez-Zour, over which the regime’s Syrian Arab Army has recently taken control.
The past two months has seen a surge in displaced people arriving in Ein Issa due to the conflicts in Raqqa and Deir ez-Zour. 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 set up in Ein Issa and in the Qattan camp.
Those who have settled in these camps lament the deplorable humanitarian conditions in which they live due to a lack of services, and a shortage of essential food, water and medical supplies.
ISIS has lost a significant amount of territory over the past 5 months or so, as their self-proclaimed capitals of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria have fallen, as well as other strongholds in both countries, including Deir ez-Zour in Syria and Hawija and most of Anbar in Iraq.
This means that the flow of internally displaced people in Syria is likely to decrease as the threat of ISIS diminishes. Nevertheless, clashes between the regime’s forces and rebel groups continue, as well as conflicts between rebel groups themselves. This prevents many internally displaced people from returning to and rebuilding their homes. They are thus stuck in the precarious situation of having to wait and live in treacherous conditions in IDP camps such as Ein Issa until the civil war in the country subsides.