June 6, 2023

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Islamic State: Canada returns children and women from detention camps in Syria

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There are more than 42,000 foreign nationals — most of them children — in detention camps for those linked to the Islamic State in Syria, according to Human Rights Watch.

Canada has decided to take back four women and ten children who spent at least three years in so-called Islamic State detention camps in northeastern Syria.

The federal government agreed in January to repatriate the group of women and children, but delayed the return of the four jailed men.

Canada said it had taken steps to bring the team back because of worsening conditions in the camps. He shared little details about the deportation process.

On Wednesday, Laurence Grinspoon, a lawyer for the deported families, said the women and children were on their way to Canada.