On December 20, the German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass announced that return of three women and 12 children from camps in northeastern Syria has been organised.
Maas said he was “very relieved” about the return of the 12 children and three of their mothers. He said the return was organized in cooperation with Finland, which brought home six children and two women. Thanks also went, he said, “to our Finnish partners, with whom we jointly carried out this operation
“These are humanitarian cases, especially orphans and children with illnesses — cases in which the departure was urgently needed,” Maas said.
“This good news just before Christmas makes us confident that we will be able to organize the return of further cases as well,” he said.