Uzbekistan repatriates 92 ISIS members from NE Syria
People disembark from a plane upon their arrival from Syria at an airport in Tashkent, Uzbekistan December 8, 2020. Uzbekistan brought home women and children from Syria where they had been staying at camps with other families of Islamic State fighters, according to Uzbek authorities. Government of Uzbekistan/Handout via REUTERS
Zhyan News Network
SULAIMANI – Autonomous Administration of North East Syria (AANES) Foreign Relations Department handed over 92 Islamic State (ISIS) members including women and children to a delegation from the Uzbeki foreign ministry in a ceremony in Qamishli in northeastern Syria.
On Friday, a delegation headed by Uzbek Ambassador to Kuwait Bahramjan Alayov signed a document
with the AANES officials to repatriate 92 women and children from ISIS families of Uzbek nationality, according to AANES-affiliated Hawar News.
AANES Foreign Relations Department Head Abdul Karim Omar said the ISIS members included 68 children, including 7 orphans, and 24 women of Uzbek origin.
The Kurdish officials have called on the countries that have nationals in the sprawling Hasaka's al-Hol camp to repatriate their nationals, but few has responded to the call so far.
On April 28, the Kurdish forces launched a
humanitarian and security operation to put an end to assassinations and other acts aligned with ISIS loyalists in the camp.
"Our policy in the Autonomous Administration is based on the file of extradition of ISIS families to their countries, the delivery of orphaned children, and children who have special cases to be treated abroad after the written consent of their mother,” Omar said at a news conference.
Bahramjan Alayov said that they had documented the names of 180 people of Uzbek nationality in the camps, according to the news agency.
"The Uzbek government has prepared special programs to rehabilitate returnees to their country, in order to facilitate their return to their normal lives," he noted.
Al-Hol houses 62,000 wives, widows, children and other family members to ISIS militants. 80 percent of them are women and children. The majority are Iraqis and Syrians, but it includes some 10,000 people from 57 other countries, housed in a highly secured separate area. Many of them are radicalized ISIS supporters.
On February 28, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) urged all countries
to repatriate and safely reintegrate their young nationals being held at the camp after three children died and fifteen others were injured in a fire at the camp.
“There are more than 22,000 foreign children of at least 60 nationalities who languish in camps and prisons, in addition to many thousands of Syrian children”, said UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Ted Chaiban.
On March 15, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that
nearly 43,000 foreign men, women, and children linked to ISIS remain detained in inhuman or degrading conditions by regional authorities in northeast Syria.