Australia repatriates dozens of its nationals from Syria

A picture taken with a drone shows tents partially covered in snow at a camp for internally displaced people, in northern Aleppo countryside, Syria January 19, 2022. (Reuters photo)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Australian Minister of Home Affairs on Saturday announced the repartition of dozens of their nationals who were the families of the Islamic State (ISIS) fighters from a Syrian Refugee camp.

At least four women and their 13 children were repatriated by the Australian government from a Syrian camp in northeastern Syria who were left stranded in a refugee camp after ISIS  lost control of the area in 2019, Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil said.

The four women had allegedly traveled from Australia to the Middle East to marry ISIS fighters.

“The decision to repatriate these women and their children were informed by individual assessments following detailed work by national security agencies,” O’Neil said in a statement.

She said allegations of illegal activity would continue to be investigated by state and federal law enforcement authorities.

The women and children left the al-Roj refugee camp on Thursday afternoon and crossed into Iraq to board a flight home, the Sydney Morning Herald and state broadcaster ABC reported on Friday.

The repatriation followed similar moves by the United States, Italy, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Britain, and Canada, O’Neil added.


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