The Kurdish administration in north-eastern Syria has handed over 12 French orphans born to extremist families to a French government delegation, AFP reported Monday (June 10th).
The children, the oldest of whom is aged 10, had been living in camps where tens of thousands of people who fled recent fighting against the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) are still housed.
Kurdish officials handed over "12 orphaned French children from ISIS families to a delegation from the French ministry of foreign affairs", top foreign affairs official Abdulkarim Omar said in a statement.
He said the transfer took place in the town of Ain Issa on Sunday and added that two orphaned Dutch children also were handed over to a government delegation from the Netherlands.
The orphans were flown home Monday, the French foreign ministry said.
The children -- the second such group to be flown to France from Syria since March -- were all "isolated and particularly vulnerable", the ministry said, adding some were sick or malnourished.