A BRITISH child has been rescued from Syria as part of efforts to bring home unaccompanied minors caught up in the fallout from fighting with Daesh.
Yesterday, foreign secretary Dominic Raab tweeted that the government had brought the child, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, back to the UK.
Their mother had left for Syria to align herself with Daesh, and her current whereabouts are unknown.
In a statement, Mr Raab (pictured) said: ‘We will take the necessary and secure steps to bring home British unaccompanied or orphaned minors from Syria. These are children who have experienced the worst horrors of war and bringing them home is the right thing to do.’
Save the Children’s Sonia Khush said: ‘Every child saved is a triumph of compassion and this is very welcome news.
‘Children in Syria who have fled Daesh-held areas are innocent, including those with their mothers. They are swept up in horrific events far beyond their control and their short lives have been full of violence and fear.’
Urging the government to bring the remaining children back to the UK, Ms Khush warned coronavirus had reached camps where they were staying, ‘raising fears of a devastating outbreak’.
Last year, Mr Raab said minors rescued from fighting in Syria could return as long as there was ‘no security threat’.
At the time, as many as 60 British children were stranded in appalling conditions, Save the Children said.