France Brings Again 15 Girls, 32 Kids From Syrian Detention Camps

France Brings Back 15 Women, 32 Children From Syrian Detention Camps

The ladies and youngsters repatriated Tuesday had been within the Roj camp in northeast Syria. (File)


France repatriated 15 girls and 32 kids held in jihadist jail camps in northeastern Syria, the French international ministry mentioned Tuesday.

“The minors had been handed over to the providers in command of little one help and will probably be topic to medical and social monitoring,” the ministry mentioned in a press release.

It added that “the adults have been handed over to the competent judicial authorities”.

Over the previous decade, hundreds of extremists in Europe travelled to Syria to develop into fighters with the Islamic State group (IS), typically taking their households to stay within the self-declared “caliphate” it arrange in territory seized in Iraq and Syria.

For the reason that “caliphate” fell in 2019, the return of relations of fighters who had been captured or killed has been a thorny subject for European nations.

The return introduced Tuesday — which was dedicated as a consequence of stress from humanitarian organisations — is France’s third large-scale repatriation.

The earlier one was in October final 12 months, when Paris repatriated 15 girls and 40 kids, and in July, when 16 moms and 35 minors had been returned.

The ladies and youngsters repatriated Tuesday had been within the Roj camp in northeast Syria beneath Kurdish administration, situated about 15 kilometres from the Iraqi and Turkish borders.

The French authorities thanked “the native administration in northeastern Syria for its cooperation, which made this operation doable”.

Tuesday’s operation comes shortly after the UN Committee in opposition to Torture condemned France for failing to repatriate French nationals from jail camps in northeastern Syria.

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