The French foreign ministry has announced the repatriation of five young children back to France from camps in Northern Syria. This is despite its objection to allowing the return of adult citizens who had joined the Isis militant group. The ministry confirmed that they should stay where they are to face justice, Reuters reported.
According to a statement released on Friday March 15th, the children were either orphans or unaccompanied in the camps. No details about their links to France were given.
Western nations have been wrestling with how to handle suspected militants and their families who are seeking to return from combat zones in Iraq and Syria, as well as those in detention, as Isis teeters on the verge of defeat.
US President Donald Trump's announcement of pulling troops from Syria has forced the French government to rethink its policy of refusing taking back Isis fighters and their wives.