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U.S. welcomes the Kyrgyz Republic’s continued repatriation of its nationals

The Kyrgyz Republic’s repatriation of 96 women and children from the al-Hol displaced persons camp in northeast Syria, the fourth such return of its nationals this year alone, demonstrates the republic’s tremendous commitment to both its nationals and to alleviating a security and humanitarian crisis, the only durable solution to which is repatriation. Statement by the U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Matthew Miller says.

As it was previously reported, another humanitarian mission Aikol-4 was carried out to repatriate citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic staying in special camps in northeast Syria.

In total, the Kyrgyz Republic has repatriated 333 of its nationals this year, a substantial portion of the nearly 5,000 individuals returned to their countries of origin in 2023. The overall pace of repatriations from northeast Syria in 2023, accelerated by substantial U.S. support, increased by nearly a third over the previous year, helping to ease the burden of providing humanitarian services and reducing the risk of ISIS exploitation of this vulnerable population.

Approximately 33,000 individuals from more than 60 countries outside Syria remain in the al-Hol and Roj camps, most of whom are children under the age of 12.

«We are grateful to our international and local partners, the Syrian Democratic Forces, and the Government of Kuwait, for their support in returning displaced persons at al-Hol and Roj to their countries of origin,» the statement says.