UN urges countries to repatriate 27,000 ‘IS children’ from Syria
Vladimir Voronkov, the UN counterterrorism chief, on Friday urged member states to repatriate some 27,000 children stranded in a massive camp in northeastern Syria. Al Hol, the largest refugee camp in Syria, houses almost 62,000 residents, according to UN humanitarian officials. More than 80% of these people are women and children, many of whom came there after the militant “Islamic State” (IS) group lost its last Syrian stronghold in 2019. Voronkov dubbed the situation in the camp “horrific” and “one of the most pressing issues in the world today.” The 27,000 children “remain stranded, abandoned to their fate,” vulnerable to be preyed on by IS enforcers, “and at risk of radicalization within the camp,” he told an informal meeting of the UN Security Council on Friday.