Russia repatriates 26 children from Syrian refugee camp

Russian officials say they have repatriated 26 children from Syria and plan to take dozens more home in the future

Kuznetsova said that her office is preparing the repatriation of 73 more Russian children from al-Hawl and another refugee camp and is searching for more. She estimated that up to 240 Russian children could be in Syria.

Most of the children are the offspring of Russian women who married Syrian men and have been living in Syria for some time. There are no plans to repatriate adult Russians who live in Syria.

The Kremlin official argued that the children are in jeopardy because of poor conditions in the refugee camps in war-ravaged Syria, describing the repatriation as a “matter of life or death.”