İrem UZUN -TDO- Britain said on Thursday that it had arranged for some orphans to be brought home from Syria, joining Germany, Belgium and Australia in repatriating children whose parents were suspected members of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS).
Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary said the U.K. government had assisted their return from the war-torn country in a special repatriation that prompted calls for ministers to go further and allow all British children stranded in Syria to come back. Britain has generally been reluctant to allow adults who traveled to Syria to return home, but he said that the “innocent, orphaned children should never have been subjected to the horrors of war” and added: “We have facilitated their return home, because it was the right thing to do”.
Raab did not say how many children were returning. The charity called “Save The Children” said in October that more than 60 British children were trapped in north-eastern Syria. Many Western countries have struggled with how to deal with citizens who went to the Middle East to join groups such as Islamic State, which was driven out of its last territorial enclave in March by U.S.-backed forces.