DAMASCUS (Dispatches) – The Kurdish-led so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) will hand over 15 Russian nationals, who are families of Daesh terrorists, to the Russian government within the next few hours, a war monitor reported Sunday.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Russians were captured during the SDF operations against the Daesh in the eastern Euphrates River region.
People of several foreign nationalities, including French and British citizens, were among the Daesh family members who surrendered to the SDF in eastern Syria.
The SDF succeeded in dislodging the Daesh from its last redoubt in eastern Syria last month.
Thousands of people, mainly Daesh terrorists and their families, have surrendered to the SDF and been taken to the al-Hol camp in the Kurdish-controlled part of Hasakah Province in northeastern Syria.
In an earlier development, more than two dozen women and children from the Izadi minority group have been repatriated to Iraq’s northern province of Nineveh after years of captivity at the hands of Daesh terrorists in neighboring Syria.
"Today, we will hand over 25 people -- 10 women and 15 children -- to the Izadi Council in Sinjar,” Ziyad Rustam, an official with a Kurdish-run group that reunites rescued Izadi children with their relatives, told AFP on Saturday, adding, "They will be sent to their families.”
The SDF last month announced the defeat of Daesh after tens of thousands of people streamed out of the last vestige of the terror group’s territorial rule in the eastern Syrian village of Baghouz near the Iraqi border.
The media bureau of Iraqi pro-government Popular Mobilization Units – better known by the Arabic name Hashd al-Sha’abi – announced in a statement on March 12 that a dozen Izadi children had been reunited with their families after a delicate intelligence operation.
On March 2, a group of Izadi women and children, who had been freed a week earlier from the clutches of Daesh terrorists, were reunited with their families in Iraq.
Overjoyed families met their loved ones at a rural truck stop on the road linking Sinjar to Dohuk city.