France repatriated 35 French children and 16 mothers in a first-of-its-kind operation from camps in the northeast of Syria that hold family members of suspected Islamic State (IS) fighters.
The French Foreign Ministry in a statement said the minors repatriated from the camps have been handed over to the child welfare services and will be subject to medical monitoring, while the mothers would face judicial proceedings.
The French Foreign Ministry thanked local authorities in northeastern Syria for their cooperation in the repatriation operation.
The repatriated children were part of a group of 200 French children who are still in Syria. Most of the children who are under the age of 10, were either brought to Syria by their parents after joining the IS or were born there during the war.
An NGO, Collective of United Families which is petitioning for the repatriation of French nationals have welcomed the repatriation of children.
According to the Collective of United Families, over 150 children and their mothers are believed to be in Camp Roj, calling on the French authorities to take immediate steps to repatriate them.
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