Russia repatriates 34 children from camps in North and East Syria

NORTH AND EAST SYRIA — The Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) of North and East Syria has handed custody of 34 orphans of the Islamic State (ISIS) who hold Russian citizenship over to the Russian government, according to an official return document and protocol contracts.

The handover took place on Sunday in the city of Zalin (Qamishli) during an official visit by a Russian delegation headed by Commissioner for Children’s Rights to the President of the Russian Federation Anna Kuznetsova.

The Russian delegation met with DAA officials at the headquarters of the Foreign Relations Commission.

After a lengthy meeting, the two sides held a press conference regarding the handover process.

The Foreign Relations Commission welcomed Anna Kuznetsova and thanked her for maintaining contact with the DAA in response to humanitarian situations. The Commission appealed to the international community to follow Russia and other countries that have repatriated their citizens in camps in North and East Syria, stressing children must not stay in the camps, and midst extremist ideology, but in better places where they have a chance at rehabilitation.

Kuznetsova, in turn, thanked the DAA for its efforts to date and assured that all Russian children will be repatriated.

“The next phase of Russian children repatriation will take place soon, until all Russian children are repatriated,” she concluded.