The Kurdish-led administration in northeastern Syria on Saturday handed over the group to a delegation from the Netherlands.
The Kurdish-led administration in northeastern Syria has extradited to the Netherlands a Dutch woman, her two young sons and a Dutch girl who lived in a camp for families of alleged ISIL fighters.
A delegation from the Netherlands, led by Syrian special envoy Emile de Bont, was received at the Kurdish administration offices in the town of Kamishli on Wednesday.
The group will be taken home, and Kurdish authorities say the elderly woman is not being prosecuted by their administration.
This step was a small step towards the solution of a difficult problem for the European-Middle Eastern countries. What to do with the thousands of citizens who have traveled to IS-held areas in Syria and Iraq?
At a press conference for the handover, De Bont said the four lived in a small settlement called Camp Rogge, which housed mostly Western women traveling to Syria and their children.
“This is a very special consular legal mission that my government has decided to take on as the Dutch court has ruled in these special cases,” de Bont said. He did not provide further details on the verdicts.
“We are here to serve the rule of law, to do our utmost to support the proper legal process,” he added.
“The most dangerous camp”
This is the second time that Dutch citizens have been repatriated from camps in northeastern Syria, where thousands of foreigners live after the defeat of an armed group in 2019. In June 2019, two Dutch orphans were repatriated.
European countries do not want to return home to their citizens living in such conditions. Many are concerned that there is insufficient evidence to prosecute those who have joined the group, or fear that they have links to ISIL.
A Dutch court ruled last year that the authorities were not obliged to repatriate 23 Dutch women and their 56 children imprisoned in the north of the Netherlands. According to experts, there will be exceptions for individual cases.
At least 220 such Dutch children remain in Syria or Turkey, 75% of whom are under the age of four, born in the region to Dutch-born parents.
Syrian Kurdish authorities, part of an international coalition fighting ISIS before the self-proclaimed “caliphate” fell in March 2019, say camps housing more than 70,000 ISIL family members pose a security threat. are և load. The Kurds are still fleeing the fighting, fearing that the camps may house some active members of the IPIL.
“The international community must assume its responsibilities to prosecute these militants and repatriate their citizens,” said Abdulkarim Omar, a Syrian Kurdish official.
He enlisted the help of another camp to rule the larger, lush al-Hall, which he called “the most dangerous camp in the world.”
Aid groups have described difficult conditions in al-Halal, which Syrian Kurdish officials have difficulty controlling, where killings are on the rise. They are believed to be carried out by ISIL supporters as punishment for those who deviate from the group’s ideology.
Thousands are also being held in prisons, with rare formal trials and trials.