Germany announced on Wednesday that it has settled “nearly all known instances” of its nationals held in Syrian terrorist camps after the return of 12 persons.
Seven children and four women left the Roj camp in northeastern Syria on Wednesday night and arrived in Germany, according to a statement from foreign minister Annalena Baerbock.
The group also included a teenager sent to Syria when he was only 11 years old.
We were able to shut practically all of the known instances thanks to this move, which relieves me, said Baerbock.
She continued, saying it was hard to abandon them “without a future in the camps of northeast Syria,” adding, “I am particularly pleased since the children are not accountable for their parents’ catastrophic decisions.”
According to the German foreign ministry, the ladies and the youngster were held upon arrival and would have to “account for their actions.”
It further said that in all but one case, agreed-upon repatriation had already taken place and that the mothers had expressed a preference against going back in all other instances.
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 problem of the repatriation of families of detained or deceased jihadist militants from Syria and Iraq.
In France, there has been a particularly contentious discussion over allowing those detained by jihadists to return home.
Before conducting its first significant repatriation earlier this year, the administration chose to handle returns on a case-by-case basis, a decision that the inmates’ families criticized.
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.
He said that six more had made their way back to France from Iraq.
Among the French nationals currently living in Syrian camps are almost 250 children and around 100 women.