Iraqis who fled violence in the northern city of Tal Afar, walk at the Bahrka camp that hosts displaced people, 10 km West of Irbil, in the autonomous Kurdistan region, on July 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO/SAFIN HAMED
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The rules are clear in Al-Obaidi in northern Iraq, the only U.N. refugee camp in Iraq operating in territory controlled by ISIS.The aid worker was one of several to be interviewed remotely by Reuters about conditions in the camp which opened in June 2013 and is now cut off to outsiders.As soon as the militants took over Al-Qaim, the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR evacuated all its staff from Anbar province, relying on two local aid groups to run the camp. UNHCR officials have not visited the camp since.A few days after capturing Al-Qaim, ISIS fighters paid the camp a visit.Although ISIS said it would guarantee the protection and security for the camp's inhabitants, during the next visit to Al-Obaidi, about a week later, the group executed three men and two women – accusing them of being spies.ISIS still checks the camp at least once a month.UIMS says it is ready to work for free to care for the hundreds of people in the camp, nearly half of them are children.
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