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Turkey Deports 12 Finnish Militants From Syria

Turkey Deports 12 Finnish Militants From Syria

Monday, 1 June, 2020 - 06:30
Children holding bread walk in al-Hol displacement camp in Hasaka governorate, Syria (File Photo: Reuters)
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Turkey said Sunday it has deported 12 Finnish nationals from Syria to their country after they had escaped al-Hol refugee camp in Hasaka, northeastern Syria.

"Extradition of Foreign Terrorist Fighters continues. In this context, 12 Finnish Foreign Terrorist Fighters were deported to their countries," announced the Turkish Ministry of Interior on its twitter account.

The Finnish Foreign Ministry stated that the deported citizens include three families with their children who have fled al-Hol camp.

The ministry indicated that the deportation was carried out in coordination with the Turkish authorities, according to German news agency (dpa).

There are about 30 Finnish children and 10 mothers detained in the Kurdish-controlled al-Hol camp, and authorities suspect the women are affiliated with the terrorist organization.

Turkish authorities began the repatriation of ISIS detainees to their countries of origin in November, and over the past months, Ankara has deported many ISIS fighters to Germany and other European countries.

Turkey has so far deported at least 7,500 ISIS terrorists, with several of them held up in its prisons.

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