Departure for underage citizens of the Russian Federation who are in the zone of armed conflicts in Syria is planned in the near future, documents have been issued for 120 children. Anna Kuznetsova, Commissioner for the Rights of the Child under the President of the Russian Federation, told RIA Novosti about this in an interview with RIA Novosti.
According to the Ombudsman, the work on returning the children is now proceeding at a “good pace”, although any mission may face unforeseen circumstances.
“Every time we don’t know what awaits us there – whether they will bring our children out or not,” Kuznetsova said.
The same, according to her, applies to those 120 minors, for whose export the documents have recently been issued – it is not known how many children will be found on the territory of the camps.
The ombudsman called the lack of guarantees for the return of underage Russians to their home state “a signal for action, including for the international community.”
The interlocutor of the agency also said that several dozen children taken out of the war zone are now living in Turkey and Pakistan. They will be delivered to their homeland as soon as the borders are opened and the documents are ready.
Kuznetsova expressed the hope that work on the return of underage citizens of all countries will be carried out more actively, that in addition to signing declarations, real steps will be taken in this direction.
Work to locate and return children from Russia to the Middle East began about four years ago. In total, 274 children were returned to Russia from the combat zones: 122 from Iraq and 152 from Syria.
Earlier it was reported that in Syria, five children were injured in the explosion of a home-made device that terrorists installed next to a vegetable market.
In March, in the Syrian province of Hama, 18 civilians were killed when two buses were blown up.