ICRC Report: Hundreds of Children Detained in Northeast Syria

ICRC Report: Hundreds of Children Detained in Northeast Syria

An official from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Wednesday (30/6) said hundreds of children in northeast Syria were being held in prisons. They are in areas controlled by the YPG/PKK terror group.


UMMATIMES - "The last decade has been one of great loss for Syrians. And in this great tragedy, one of the most complex child protection crises currently deepens in the northeast," said ICRC regional director for the Middle East, Fabrizio Carboni, as quoted by Anadolu Agency, Thursday (1/7).

Tens of thousands of children are stranded in detention camps. Most of those detained were boys, some as young as 12 years old. Carboni said they were being held in adult prisons in the region.

Carboni said he has visited many conflict zones around the world as part of his mission at the ICRC. He had visited the camp in the town of Al Hol. The visit was one of the most terrible experiences.

The city of Al Hol is under the control of the YPG/PKK terrorist group. Al Hol hosts about 60,000 people from more than 60 countries, the majority from Iraq and Syria. About 90 percent of them are women and children. Carboni said the conditions in the camp were dangerous for both children and adults.

"Boys in particular, live in constant fear and distrust. Once they reach a certain age, many are separated from their families and transferred to adult detention," said Carboni.