France repatriates seven children of extremists from Syria

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France repatriates seven children of extremists from Syria

  • France has so far repatriated 35 children
  • Rights groups lobby European governments to allow children to return from overcrowded camps to live with relatives
PARIS: France said on Wednesday it had brought home seven children of French extremists from northeastern Syria, continuing a repatriation process that began after the overthrow of the so-called Daesh caliphate.
The children, aged 2 to 11 years and “particularly vulnerable”, were handed over to the judicial authorities and taken care of by social services, the foreign ministry said.
They lived in the Roj and Al-Hol camps, run by the Kurds, where thousands of relatives of Daesh fighters and supporters have been held since the defeat of Daesh in Syria in 2019, a Kurdish source told AFP. of the region.
France has so far repatriated 35 children, many of whom are orphans.
Rights groups are lobbying European governments to allow children to return from overcrowded camps to live with relatives.
Kurdish officials have also pressured countries to take back their citizens, warning that they do not have the resources to keep prisoners indefinitely.
France insisted on the fact that it would take back only the children, the mothers having to stay to face the local justice, with their husbands.
But many women refused to be separated from their children.

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