Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander De Croo has said that Children of Jihadist in Syrian refugee camps will be repatariated. The Belgian Prime Minister stated that for minors who stay in the Al-Hol camp there is a significant risk they could become “the terrorists of tomorrow”.
“The National Council of Security yesterday confirmed the process of repatriation of the children, the age limit being set at 12 years old,” De Croo told the Belgian parliament on Thursday.
Al-Hol camp is a refugee camp on the southern outskirts of the town of al-Hawl in northern Syria, close to the Syria-Iraq border, which holds individuals displaced from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. It is controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). As of February 2021, the camp’s population was more than 60,000 having grown from 10,000 at the beginning of 2019 after the SDF took the last of the Islamic State’s territory in Syria in the Battle of Baghuz Fawqani . The refugees are women and children from many countries, primarily Syria and Iraq.