Germany and the Netherlands repatriate nationals from camps in North and East Syria

ZALIN, Syria — On Tuesday, the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) of North and East Syria transferred custody of a woman and four children over to a German delegation and 11 women and 33 children to a Dutch delegation, according to official documents signed between the DAA and the delegations.

To facilitate the transfer of custody, representative of the German government and Consular Assistant Manja Kliese and Dutch Special Envoy to Syria Emiel de Bont visited the headquarters of the Foreign Relations Commission of North and East Syria.

The German and Dutch delegations were received by Deputy Co-Chair Rubel Bahou, member of the Commission’s Administrative Body Khaled Ibrahim, member of the Office of the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) Lana Hassan, and Deputy of the Women’s Authority Howaida Salim Muhammad.

During the meeting, Kliese said that, “on behalf of the German government, I want to thank the DAA for welcoming us once again to retrieve our citizens from the camps of North and East Syria, where during this mission we repatriated 108 German families to Germany.”

In turn, de Bont confirmed that the DAA has been a cooperative partner, saying, “we just had a good meeting, during which we touched on brief details of the difficult situation inside and next to the detention centers, in addition to the burdens that fall on the detainees.” This is a message he will take back to the Netherlands, he stated.