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France repatriates 35 children, 16 mothers from Syria camps

France has repatriated 35 children and 16 mothers from camps in Syria where family members of suspected Islamic State group jihadists have been held, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

“France has today undertaken the return to the country of 35 French minors who were in camps in northeast Syria. This operation also includes the return of 16 mothers from these same camps,” a statement said.

The minors were handed over to the child welfare services and will be medically monitored, the statement added. The mothers were handed over to the competent judicial authorities.

The French foreign ministry statement thanked local authorities in northeast Syria for their cooperation in making the operation possible.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

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