Syrian Kurds: 17 Indonesians who escaped IS leave Syria | Nation – Alabama News

Syrian Kurds: 17 Indonesians who escaped IS leave Syria | Nation – Alabama News

BEIRUT (AP) — A group of 17 Indonesians who had joined the Islamic State group in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa have been handed over to representatives of their country and have left Syria, a local Kurdish official and a spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

According to the official, Omar Alloush, the Indonesian nationals included men, women and children. They were handed over on Tuesday at a Syria-Iraq border crossing. They had been asking to be sent back home, he said.

Spokeswoman Nisreen Abdullah from the Women’s Protection Units also confirmed the handover. The identities of the Indonesians were not immediately available and Iraqi officials could not confirm the report.

Lalu Muhammad Iqbal, the director of Indonesian citizen protection at the country’s foreign ministry, said there has been “communication between the Indonesian side with various parties that control the territory of Syria” including with the North Syrian Kurdish Authority linked to the 17 Indonesians.

He said the Indonesian government in its initial discussions obtained information that the group were not fighters, some had spent most of their time in Syria in IS jails or other isolated conditions, and had fled Raqqa with the help of a third party on June 10.

“Our communication with these parties is more directed to the humanitarian situation,” Iqbal said, noting the family includes teenagers and three young children. “The security conditions in the area are so complex that the handling process cannot be done easily,” he said.

Last month, an Associated Press team in Raqqa…

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