AT LEAST three orphaned British children trapped in former Daesh-held areas of Syria are set to be returned to the UK.
The children have been ‘handed over to a delegation representing the British foreign ministry’, Dr Abdulkarim Omar, the co-chair of the foreign relations commission in north Syria tweeted yesterday, along with a photo of himself with Martin Longden, the UK’s special envoy.
Foreign secretary Dominic Raab said last night: ‘These innocent, orphaned, children should never have been subjected to the horrors of war.
‘We have facilitated their return home because it was the right thing to do. Now they must be allowed the privacy and given the support to return to a normal life.’
Save the Children has estimated at least 60 British children are trapped in northern Syria in ‘dire conditions’, with many under five years old. Last week, it was reported home secretary Priti Patel and other ministers blocked a rescue operation in October to bring some home over ‘security concerns’.