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Australia Dutton refuses to rescue Australian women and children trapped in Syria

06:55  18 october  2019
06:55  18 october  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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Australian women and children were forced to cower in their tents in fear of their lives overnight as shooting broke out between Islamic State hardliners and Peter Dutton has ruled out extracting 66 Australian women and children trapped in the al-Hawl refugee camp in Syria , saying he won't put

Australians trapped in a camp for families of Islamic State fighters in north-eastern Syria have pleaded with the Australian government to rescue them It was previously understood there were 66 Australians – 20 women and 44 children – held in the camp of more than 70,000 family members of

Peter Dutton has ruled out extracting 66 Australian women and children trapped in the al-Hawl refugee camp in Syria, saying he won't put defence personnel at risk to help them.

The home affairs minister said it was too dangerous to send Australian troops or diplomats into the war-torn nation, despite a ceasefire between the warring parties.

"The advice is consistent to us, and that is that there's not an opportunity, given the danger there at the moment," he told reporters in Canberra on Friday.

a group of people that are standing in the snow: Al Hawl camp, Syria, where around 72,000 people are now residing in Al Hawl camp. Of this number, there are approximately sixty women and children from Australia who came out of the last IS stronghold in Baghouz six months ago.© AAP Al Hawl camp, Syria, where around 72,000 people are now residing in Al Hawl camp. Of this number, there are approximately sixty women and children from Australia who came out of the last IS stronghold in Baghouz six months ago.

"We've been able to bring back some orphans, as you know, but we're not in a position where we're able to go into those camps.

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Home affairs officials have reiterated no Australians will be sent in to assist dozens of trapped women and children .

"But we have been very clear - we're not going to put Australian defence, foreign affairs, or home affairs personnel or other agencies' staff at risk," Mr Dutton said.

Twenty women and more than 40 children are currently stranded in dangerous camps in northern Syria.

There is concern that if Turkish forces advance further to attack the Syrian Kurds, the al-Hawl camp could be become destabilized, particularly after US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from the region.

a man holding a sign posing for the camera: Save the Children's Mat Tinkler (left) and the father of an Australian woman in Syria, Kamalle Dabboussy (right) pose for a photo during a Save the Children Press conference urging the Australian government to do more to get over 60 women and children out of Syria's Al Hawl camp.© AAP Save the Children's Mat Tinkler (left) and the father of an Australian woman in Syria, Kamalle Dabboussy (right) pose for a photo during a Save the Children Press conference urging the Australian government to do more to get over 60 women and children out of Syria's Al Hawl camp.

Kamalle Dabbousy, the CEO of Western Sydney Migrant Resource Centre, has been lobbying for the Australian government to bring the women home.

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But Australia has refused to consider repatriating citizens, saying it would not The 20 Australian women and their children in al-Hawl previously lived in a part of the camp they called “ Australia Street”. Australian families trapped in Isis camp in Syria plead with government to rescue them.

Peter Dutton has ruled out extracting 66 Australian women and children trapped in the al-Hawl refugee camp in Syria , saying he won't put defence personnel at risk to help them. The home affairs minister said it was too dangerous to send Australian troops or diplomats into the war-torn nation

Mr Dabbousy, who was recently reunited with his daughter and grandchildren who are were trapped at the al-Hawl camp, says the women are at serious risk of violence from within the camp as conditions deteriorate.

"On the ground there is no one supporting the Australian women, they are by themselves and they desperately need the help of the Australian Government for their survival," he said.

Mr Dabboussy also disagrees with Dutton's claim that extracting the women and children would be too dangerous.

"I think that with some simple negotiation they can come out and I don't think it's that difficult and it will certainly be easier today than it will be tomorrow," he said.

a person in a cage: Kamalle Dabboussy says the women and children trapped in the Al Hawl camp urgently need support from the Australian government © AAP Kamalle Dabboussy says the women and children trapped in the Al Hawl camp urgently need support from the Australian government

Mr Dutton blames the parents of the 46 Australian children in al-Hawl for dragging them into a theatre of war.

Mr Dutton is hopeful the Syrian ceasefire will lead to lasting peace.

"I hope that, like every observer of this, that there can be peace and people can return back to their villages," he said.

"We know that in the original Syrian conflict there were about five million people who were displaced."

"So, this has always been a very difficult part of the world, we know that, and I hope that conflict can come to an end as soon as possible."

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