The Netherlands sent a government delegation to Qamishli, a city in northeastern Syria that is dominated by Kurds, to rescue 4 Dutch citizens that were held hostage at the Islamic State.
The 4 hostages were the wife of an IS fighter, two children and an orphan along with them.
”I’m here today with a clear and well-defined mandate to receive in the care of our mission a small number of Dutch nationals,” said Emiel De Bont, a representative of the Dutch Special Delegation to Syria.
A major role in the conquering of the IS terror group’s self-described caliphate was the US – backed SDF. This IS terror group seized many IS family members, both women and children, who were held hostage at the al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria.
According to Rojava, a Syria-based Information Center (RIC), the Dutch delegation was able to bring the number of people who have gotten back to their countries to 660 people.
”This year is set to surpass any other year since 2017. The highest rate of repatriations had occurred in 2019, when 736 ISIS affiliates returned,” stated RIC in a tweet.
The local inspectors stated that at the moment, SDF is watching over thousands of IS women and children, more than 30,000 Iraqis and over 8,000 foreign people from different countries.
SDF official Omar praised the Netherlands for their ease of burden on his under-valued administration.
”This does not mean these people have not committed serious crimes. Those countries that want their individuals back will try them at their own courts,” said Omar.
This marks the second time that the Netherlands has gotten back its Dutch citizens from Syria. On the other hand, western governments prefer to stay selective or reluctant when trying to get back their nationals who are family members of IS fighters.