Brit ISIS kids ‘starving to death’ in ‘Guantanamo-style’ Syrian camps breeding new generation of jihadis

BRITISH ISIS kids are starving to death in prison camps where guards routinely sexually abuse the female detainees, a shocking report claims.

Dozens of women and children from the UK are being held by Kurdish troops at the "barbaric" compounds ofal-Hawl and al-Roj in battle-scarred Syria.

The secure camps have now been dubbed "Europe's Guantanamo" and are feared to have become breeding grounds for the next generation of hate-fuelled terrorists.

It's claimed around 25 detainees a month have been dying at al-Hawl, where children living in squalid tents are suffering from chronic malnutrition, dehydration and hypothermia.

Guards are said to have shot and sexually abused mums and sisters and are ordered to forcibly remove boys from their mums when they reach the age of 10.

“The camps in which they are being held are fundamentally unsafe environments in which physical violence is common," states the report by London-based charity Rights and Security International (RSI).

"The conditions are barbaric, and psychological trauma is rife.”

The report accuses the British government and other European countries of creating “Europe’s Guantanamo” at the two detention camps.

The compounds are where British women and children accused of backing ISIS are held without charge or trial.



RSI sent a researcher into the camps earlier this year who witnessed “cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment”.

Some detainees died from burns when tents caught fire or have been killed in brutal in-fighting amid reports the guards use iron bars on those caught brawling.

Stabbings amongst the scores of widowed ISIS wives are common, as Syrian refugees – once seeking solace from the regime – are forced to live side-by-side with Islamic fundamentalists in the squalid conditions.

The two camps are run by the Kurdish Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, Europe’s ally against ISIS in north-east Syria.

More than 13,500 foreign women and children from ISIS-aligned families have been held in two the camps since the terror group's defeat at Baghuz last March.

More than 8,000 are children and the majority of them under the age of five.

The camps have been dubbed a "perfect incubator" for juniorjihadis and ISIS has now made them the focus of a revamped recruitment drive.

 

"Al-Hawl – The cradle of the new Caliphate” boasts one group believed to be run by British women, called Caged Pearls, which raises funds on Instagram.

Other worrying posts refer to the children in al-Hawl as the “mini mujahideen” of the future.

“ISIS portrays the camps in Syria as being held by oppressors who are keeping women and children captive,” said Molly Ellenberg of the US-based International Centre for the Study of Violent Extremism.

“It is what they have used as propaganda throughout their time: believers held captive, oppressed and in need of being saved.

"The posts get a lot of traction as they call people to support a cause that seems more noble than Isis itself.”

As part of the Shamima Begum case, government documents were revealed that show the UK regards British women in the camps as a “national security risk.”



The UK Home Office has also said “there are no substantial grounds” to think Begum faced “a real risk of mistreatment” during her detention in Syria.

Yasmine Ahmed, the executive director of RSI declared : “This is Europe’s Guantánamo, but for children.

"It beggars belief that the UK, who rightly condemned the abuses of Guantánamo Bay, now stand by and let children, including a newborn British baby, die.

"Now these women and children face another brutal winter with more deaths.

“The claim that it is safer to leave women and children in the camps flies in the face of security experts who say that the real security risk comes from leaving these women and children in the detention camps where they are vulnerable to radicalisation."

Richard Barrett, a former MI6 director of global counter-terrorism, was interviewed for the report.

He said: “The longer they stay without proper assessment of their mental and physical health or their attitudes towards their families, communities and countries – the more unpredictable they will become.

"And the more difficult it will be to determine what they’re going to do.”

A government spokesperson said: “Depriving someone of their British citizenship is never a decision that is taken lightly, but our priority is always to ensure the safety and security of the UK.

“We have also made it clear that we are willing to repatriate orphans and unaccompanied British children from Syria where this is feasible and there is no risk to UK national security. Every request for consular assistance is considered on a case by case basis.

“The UK is at the forefront of the humanitarian response in Syria, contributing more than £3bn and funding life-saving supplies such as food, water, healthcare and shelter, including in IDP camps in north east Syria.”

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