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Syrian Kurds transfer 20 children to Russia for repatriation from ISIS camps

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The Syrian Kurdish administration handed over 20 other languishing children in ISIS camps to a Russian delegation for repatriation.

Children born to Russian parents linked to the extremist group were transferred to a Russian delegation on July 3, the de facto autonomous administration of northeastern Syria said.

The latest repatriations have so far brought 205 people returned to their homes in Russia.

“We will try to return all the children,” said Larisa Nikolaevna, deputy head of the Russian National Commission for the Rights of the Child, quoted by Kurdish media.

Kurdish authorities are holding some 10,000 suspected ISIS fighters in prisons, after waging a U.S.-backed campaign against ISIS that ended in the loss of most of its territory by the extremist group in 2019.

Tens of thousands of foreign women and children with links to the extremist group are being held in separate camps in northeastern Syria under dire conditions.

Kurdish authorities and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have called on the 60 countries from which Islamic State fighters and their relatives have come to repatriate foreign nationals.

Some countries like Germany and the Netherlands have repatriated some citizens who fought with the jihadists.

But many countries have only returned home women and children living in camps due to security concerns over the repatriation of radicalized ex-combatants.

Earlier this week, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken praised several Central Asian countries such as Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and the Balkan countries for repatriating some of their citizens.

In many cases, children linked to foreign fighters and their wives are said to be “born into the caliphate,” never having lived in their home country and subjected to extremist indoctrination.

Earlier this week, the ICRC said that of the 60,000 people held in the vast desert camp of Al Hol, 40,000 are children growing up in squalid, unsanitary and dangerous conditions.

Many young boys were also separated from their mothers during transfer or detention.

The ICRC, which runs a field hospital and provides food and water to Al Hol camp, has expressed alarm that the Kurdish authorities are holding “hundreds of children” in adult prisons with hardened jihadists.

With reports from AFP and ANHA


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