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2,500 foreign children in northeast Syria camps

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Health Desk-- Feb 22, 2019: More than 2,500 foreign children from 30 countries who have fled the Islamic State group’s last redoubts are living in desperate conditions in camps in northeastern Syria, Save the Children said Thursday, reports AFP.

The charity urged their countries of origin to “take action to ensure the safety of their citizens” as US-backed forces battle IS in the final sliver of territory it holds near the Iraqi border.

Save the Children urged countries to repatriate the children and their families “for the purposes of rehabilitation and/or reintegration, in full compliance with international law, including the right to a fair trial where appropriate”.

After years of battling IS and with all but a sliver of land left under IS control, US-backed forces have detained hundreds of foreigners suspected of being IS fighters, as well as related women and children.