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09 September 2020, 21:59

15 children from Southern Russia returned from Syria

After a medical examination, the children will be handed over to their relatives in Astrakhan, Dagestan, Kabardino-Balkaria, and Chechnya, reports Anna Kuznetsova, Children's Rights Commissioner under the President of Russia.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on August 18, 26 children from Dagestan, Ingushetia, and Karachay-Cherkessia were taken out of camps and prisons in Syria and quarantined in a Moscow sanatorium. On August 23, they were handed over to their relatives after doctors confirmed that the children had not been infected with coronavirus.

According to various sources, hundreds or even thousands of children from Dagestan, Chechnya, and other regions of the Caucasus still stay in the Middle East. Their lives are in particular danger after the "Islamic State" (IS), (a terrorist organization, banned in Russia by the court, – note of the "Caucasian Knot"), began to suffer large-scale defeats.

Earlier, the children had been staying for a while in the Syrian refugee camps of Al-Hawl and Roj, the press service of the Children's Rights Commissioner under the President of Russia reported.

According to Anna Kuznetsova, there are sick children among those returned from Syria. The children are aged from one to 17.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on September 8, 2020 at 09:59 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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