UN calls for repatriating ISIS children from Syria’s Hawl camp

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – TheUnder-Secretary-General of the UN Counter-Terrorism Office, Vladimir Voronkov, called for the return of the children of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Hawl Camp, northeastern Syria, to their countries, on Friday.

During online meeting of the UN Security Council on Friday, Voronkov said, “These children are the responsibility of their countries, and of Syria.”   

“27,000 children remain stranded and left to their fate in the camp, and they are at risk of radicalization, in addition to be preyed on by ISIS enforcers,” he added.

He stated that it was possible to rehabilitate ISIS orphans in their communities, and that these children should be treated as affected people.  

He pointed out that the horrific conditions that these children are suffering from are among the most pressing issues in the world. 

Hawl Camp consists of nine sections, eight of them are for Iraqi refugees and Syrian IDPs, and the other is for ISIS families.

Hawl Camp has been witnessing security tension, as during the past three weeks the camp recorded a high rate of killings, affecting the displaced Syrians, Iraqi refugees and members of the Internal Security Forces (Asayish).

The number of the families in Hawl Camp is currently 6,155 Syrian families, with a total of 22,231 people, and 8,284 Iraqi families, with a total of 30,706 people, according to Sheikhmos Ahmed, head of the Office of Refugee, Displaced and Afflicted Affairs in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES).

The number of foreign ISIS families (ISIS) is 2,625, for a total of 8,965 people.

Reporting by Agid Mishmish