France repatriates dozens from Syrian jihadist camps

Published January 24th, 2023 - 06:17 GMT
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Special forces of the Syrian Democratic Forces keep watch on March 30, 2021 in the vicinity of al-Hol camp. AFP / Delil SOULEIMAN

ALBAWABA - France repatriated dozens of people, mostly women and children, from jihadist camps in northeastern Syria.

The French Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that the country repatriated 15 women and 32 children, who were kept in jihadist prison camps in Syria.

A ministry statement said the "minors were handed over to the services in charge of child assistance and will be subject to medical and social monitoring."

France said that the adults have been handed over to the "competent judicial authorities." It did not elaborate.

Thousands of people are strained in jihadist camps since the ISIS collapsed in 2019. The return of the fighters' family members, who were captured or killed, has been a thorny issue for European nations, AFP said.

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