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At Least 250 Young Boys Jailed in Northeast Syria: UN

UK to repatriate orphaned British children

Hundreds of young boys are being held in jails in northeast Syria, implying area under YPG/PKK invasion, according to the UN Children’s Fund.

“At least 250 boys, some as young as 9, are held in detention, though the actual number may be much higher,” UNICEF spokeswoman Marixie Mercado told a news conference in Geneva to announce the latest report on the children’s situation in Syria.

Mercado said nearly 28,000 children of “foreign fighters,” allegedly associated with armed groups, remain trapped in northeastern Syria, mostly in displacement camps, implying the area under invasion by YPG/PKK terrorists.

The PKK which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and EU, has been responsible for deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants in its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey. The

UNICEF Representative in Syria Fran Equiza also said more than 5 million children, of which 2.6 million are internally displaced, in need of humanitarian aid in Syria.

At least 1,106 children lost their lives in Syria, he said, which is the highest number since the start of the civil war in the country in 2011.

Meanwhile, a  number of orphaned British children caught up in the war in Syria are to be brought home to the UK, the foreign secretary has said.

They will be the first UK citizens to be repatriated from the area of north-eastern Syria formerly controlled by the Islamic State (IS) group.

The group will be returned to the UK in the coming days. For security reasons, further details of their repatriation cannot be given.

The United Nations has said countries should take responsibility for their own citizens unless they are to be prosecuted in Syria in accordance with international standards.

Human Rights Watch says more than 1,200 foreign nationals have been repatriated from both Syria and Iraq to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Russia, Kosovo, and Turkey.

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