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UN calls for children in NE Syria camps to be allowed home

Al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria (Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP)
2021-03-01

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SULAIMANI — The UN children's agency called Sunday (February 28) for all minors held in displacement camps or jails in northeast Syria to be allowed home.

UNICEF made its plea a day after four children died in a fire at the overcrowded camp of Al-Hol, for people displaced in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) group.

After years of leading the US-backed fight against ISIS, Syria's Kurds hold thousands of alleged jihadist fighters in jails and tens of thousands of their family members in camps in northeast Syria.

They hail from Syria, neighboring Iraq and dozens of other foreign countries.

(NRT Digital Media/AFP)