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US News More than 60 British children trapped in northeast Syria, charity warns

12:30  21 october  2019
12:30  21 october  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Older children who lived under Islamic State have witnessed acts of brutality including beheadings and have been left with physical injuries and psychological needs following Home Office officials have since said the UK would help British orphans trapped in Syria after the Turkish invasion, but would

Many of the children are said to be younger than five years old and believed to have been born to British parents suspected of joining ISIS. Older children who lived under the extremist group have witnessed appalling acts of brutality, including beheadings, and been left with physical injuries and

a group of people in a tent: Women look after children at the Kurdish-run al-Hol camp for the displaced where families of Islamic State (IS) foreign fighters are held © Getty Women look after children at the Kurdish-run al-Hol camp for the displaced where families of Islamic State (IS) foreign fighters are held More than 60 British children are trapped in northeast Syria after fleeing IS-held areas - around double the estimated figure previously reported.

The majority are younger than five years old and are suffering in dire conditions in desolate camps, Save the Children disclosed.

Others have been displaced yet again following the recent escalation in fighting.

Older children who lived under Islamic State have witnessed acts of brutality including beheadings and have been left with physical injuries and psychological needs following years of conflict and brutal repression.

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Older children who lived under Islamic State have witnessed acts of brutality including beheadings and have been left with physical injuries and psychological needs "For the British children among them we can and must give them the safety they need by bringing them to be cared for in the UK."

The number of British children trapped in North East Syria after fleeing ISIS-held areas is more than 60 , Save Discover more . Local charity shops. Mary's Living and Giving. Online Shop. Save the Children ’s team in Syria recently spoke to a British mother with two young children – a baby and an

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Alison Griffin, Save the Children's head of conflict and humanitarian campaigns, said the children's lives "have been full of violence and fear" but that with the right care they can "bounce back".

She said: "They deserve that chance, no matter what they've been dragged into by the decisions of adults.

"For the British children among them we can and must give them the safety they need by bringing them to be cared for in the UK."

a group of people sitting at a beach: Children play at the Kurdish-run al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria © Getty Children play at the Kurdish-run al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria

Last month, plans to send members of the SAS into Syria to bring back British children of IS fighters were being considered by the government.

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Over 60 British children trapped in northeastern Syria , Save the Children said. Syrians who were recently turned refugees by the Turkish military operation in northeastern Syria pictured arriving at the Bardarash camp near the Kurdish city of Dohuk on Sunday.

But she also warned that "as many as 60 British children " still remain in Syria , and also warrant repatriation. In October, former Brexit secretary David Davis said that around 60 British children were thought to be trapped in northeast Syria after fleeing areas formerly held by ISIS, and asked

The repatriation plans were being led by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and International Development Secretary Alok Sharma.

Home Office officials have since said the UK would help British orphans trapped in Syria after the Turkish invasion, but would not say exactly how children may be extracted from the country.

Save the Children said that while the recent shift in the government's stance towards providing "safe passage" for British orphans to come to the UK is welcome, the vast majority of children are with their mothers and have been swept up in horrific events beyond their control.

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The aid agency has been working to support children who fled IS-held areas, including foreign children, for more than two years.

It has also been pressing for foreign children to be given the best chance of recovery by being cared for in the safety of their home countries.

After assessing information received through a number of routes, including from outside Syria, Save the Children was able to confirm that there are more than 60 British children in the area.

Ms Griffin continued: "Children whose parents are alive are just as innocent as those who have been orphaned. All have been put through unimaginable horrors.

"The foreign secretary has said he wants to ensure 'innocents are not caught in the crossfire'. To play his part to achieve that, he needs to act now while there's still a window of opportunity and bring all the UK's children home".

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