France returns 47 women, children from Syria detention camp – DW – 01/24/2023

France announced on Tuesday taking home 15 women and 32 children who were held in a jihadist detention camp in northwestern Syria, as Western countries continue to face humanitarian pressure to repatriate their nationals from jihadist prisons.

The French foreign ministry said in a statement that the repatriated adults were handed over to the “competent judicial authorities,” whereas the minors were delivered to child assistance services and will undergo medical and social monitoring.

A statement by the French Ministry of Justice and anti-terrorism department added that there were arrest warrants for seven of the repatriated woman, while eight had been placed in custody. The women are aged 19 to 59.

What we know about the repatriations

The 47 repatriated nationals were all…

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