Record number of foreigners repatriated from IS camps in Syria this year

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QAMISHLI, Syria, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Repatriations of overseas pistillate and children affiliated to Islamic State from detention camps successful northeast Syria deed a grounds precocious successful 2022, Kurdish authorities said connected Tuesday.

Thousands of foreigners including women and children had gone to Syria to unrecorded successful IS's alleged "caliphate" until 2019, erstwhile U.S.-backed Kurdish forces snatched the past pouch of Syrian territory from the jihadists.

Fleeing women and children were housed successful overcrowded detention camps tally by Kurdish authorities and planetary NGOs, who had pushed for repatriatiations owed to rising unit and dire conditions successful the camps. work much

Governments responded slowly, fearing information threats and a nationalist backlash implicit the instrumentality of individuals radicalised by Islamic State.

But the gait picked up his year, with 517 women and children repatriated truthful far, according to Kurdish authorities' statistics.

They included much than 100 from France and implicit 50 from Germany. More than 150 were returned to Tajikistan, the archetypal for that country.

Returns numbered 324 successful 2021, 281 successful 2020 and 342 successful 2019.

More than 10,000 overseas women and children stay successful the Al-Hol and Roj camps, Badran Jia Kurd, a elder authoritative successful the autonomous administration, told Reuters.

Letta Tayler, Human Rights Watch's counter-terrorism lead, said the emergence could beryllium owed successful portion to disapproval by the United Nations and the European Court of Human Rights of European countries' nonaccomplishment to repatriate their nationals.

Also, states had recovered they had the ineligible farmework to prosecute and jailhouse those who had traveled to IS-held territory, making those governments much consenting to bring them home, Tayler added.

But she said 2022's figures "are inactive drops successful the bucket."

"This humanitarian and information situation volition lone get worse if countries support outsourcing absorption of their detained nationals to a non-state unit wrong 1 of the world’s astir analyzable warfare zones," Tayler said.

Reporting by Orhan Qereman and Maya Gebeily; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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