Kurdish authorities in northeastern Syria on Sunday handed over 34 orphaned youngsters, whose mother and father had been suspected of belonging to the Islamic State (IS) group, to a Russian delegation for repatriation.
An AFP correspondent within the metropolis of Qamishli stated the kids aged 3 to 14 had been handed over to a delegation led by the Russian President’s envoy for youngsters’s rights, Anna Kuznetsova.
Moscow has now repatriated not less than 169 of those youngsters, Fener al-Kait of the Syrian Kurds’ overseas affairs division informed AFP on the sidelines of a handover ceremony.
He stated additional departures of orphaned youngsters to Russia would comply with from northeastern Syria.
Moscow can be repatriating youngsters deserted in Iraq for the reason that collapse of the jihadist “caliphate” straddling the 2 Arab states.
The Kurds in Syria have repeatedly urged the worldwide neighborhood to repatriate overseas nationals held in overcrowded camps in northeastern Syria.
Their calls have largely fallen on deaf ears with solely a restricted quantity, largely youngsters, allowed to return dwelling up to now.