Germany repatriates ISIS women, children from NE Syria

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – Ten German women and 27 children who are family members of the Islamic State Organization (ISIS) were repatriated by a German delegate that visited Qamishli city, northeast Syria,the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) said on Thursday.

The repatriation was concluded following understandings with the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Fanar al-Gait, deputy co-chair of the Foreign Relations Department told North Press.

 “This is the third time a German delegate visits northeast Syria,” al-Gait said.

The German delegate was headed by Consul General of Germany in Erbil Mr. Kurt Georg Stöckl-Stillfried and consular assistant for the German people abroad Manja Kliese.

The AANES delegate comprised  Abdulkarim Omar, co-chair of the Foreign Relations Department and his two deputies Fanar al-Gait and Abir Ilia.  

The two delegate met in Qamishli-base-Foreign Relations Department office.

Omar said it is imperative that serious steps to be taken to find ultimate solutions for family members of ISIS, warning at the same time of exacerbation of security conditions in the camps in northeast Syria.

On Tuesday, the Internal Security Forces of North and East Syria (Asayish) announced one ISIS members was killed and others were injured in clashes in Hawl Camp east of Hasakah.

Omar noted that the reason behind the recurrent attacks of ISIS sleeper cells is that the international community does not take its responsibilities over the ISIS issue. 

On his turn, Stillfried said Germany is committed to counter terrorism, expressing his Government’s gratitude to the AANES for its role in the humanitarian domain. 

According to official documents, the total toll of German citizens of ISIS members who were repatriated from northeast Syria have reached 91 individuals, including 22 women and 69 children, al-Gait said.

Reporting by Adnan Hamo