The French government says it has repatriated five orphaned children of French jihadists from camps in north-east Syria, where a five-year offensive against Islamic State is drawing to a bloody closen reports The Guardian.
The children, aged five or under, were flown home in a military aircraft and placed under medical supervision, the foreign ministry said.
“The decision was taken in view of the situation of these very young children, who are particularly vulnerable,” the foreign ministry said, adding that the government was in touch with their French relatives.
The government thanked the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the Kurdish-led forces that have spearheaded the fight against Isis, with backing from a US-led coalition, “for their cooperation, which made this outcome possible”.
Like many other European countries, however, France had faced a quandary over what to do with the widows and children of jihadists who died in Syria or been taken prisoner there.
The situation has gained urgency as the battle against Isis enters its final days, with the Syrian Kurdish forces in charge of the camps urging the jihadists’ home countries to take their families back.