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France has repatriated several young children from camps in northeastern Syria, its foreign ministry said on Friday.
The ministry said the children, aged five or under, were either orphans of separated from their parents in the camp.
In a statement, the ministry said the Western-backed Syrian Democratic Forces made the handover possible, without elaborating further. The SDF is working to defeat the Islamic State group in its last bastion in Syria.
The children will get medical and psychological treatment, the foreign ministry said, while stressing that French adults who fought with IS group should be prosecuted in the country where they committed crimes.
(FRANCE 24 with AP, AFP and REUTERS)