Efforts to repatriate Belgian ISIS children and women from two camps of North and East Syria

BRUSSELS / NORTH AND EAST SYRIA — On Thursday, Belgian Prime Minister Alexandre De Croo stated that his country has decided to repatriate Belgian children and some women from the families of the Islamic State (ISIS) residing in two camps in North and East Syria.

De Croo stressed the need to make every possible effort to bring the Belgian children of ISIS members home from the camps of North and East Syria to avoid the risk of these children becoming extremists.

He also stressed that the situation in Al-Hol Refugee Camp is critically deteriorating.

Belgium’s decision to repatriate its nationals from Syria comes after a court ruling issued in 2019 that required the government to repatriate ten children born in Syria to Belgian citizens.

ISIS Belgian children are distributed within Al-Hol and Roj Refugee Camps.

Al-Hol Camp, which houses more than 60,000 refugees and displaced people, including about 10,000 members of ISIS families, has seen an escalation in violence since the beginning of 2021, with more than 30 people killed so far.