Seven children and four women left the Roj camp in northeastern #Syria on Wednesday night and arrived in Germany, according to a statement from the #foreign minister Annalena Baerbock. After announcing the homecoming of 12 persons, Germany claimed on Wednesday that “nearly all known cases” of its citizens being held captive in jihadist camps in Syria had been settled.
A boy who had been taken to Syria aged 11 was also part of the group. “I am relieved that this action has allowed us to close almost all the known cases,” Baerbock said. “I am especially relieved because the children are not responsible for their parents’ fateful choices,” she added, deeming it impossible to leave them “without a future in the camps of northeast Syria”. The German foreign ministry said the women and the teenager will have to “answer for their acts” and It added that there was only one instance where an agreed repatriation had not been carried out yet.
According to the government, six missions have so far resulted in the return to Germany of 76 kids and 26 women from northeastern Syria. Since the collapse of the so-called “caliphate” of the Islamic State group in 2019, European nations have struggled with the issue of the return of families of detained or deceased jihadist fighters from Syria and Iraq. In France, there has been a particularly contentious discussion about allowing people who were detained by jihadists to return home.
Prior to conducting its first significant repatriation earlier this year, the administration chose to handle returns on a case-by-case basis, a decision that was criticised by the prisoners’ families. According to the 77 kids who have been returned from the Rojava camp in northern Syria in seven operations, according to French Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti on Wednesday.
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