Kadyrov promises to help all Russians left in Syria and Iraq (VIDEO)
We will help all the Russians seeking to get out of the hot spots in Syria, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said.
More than 40 women and children rescued from conflict zones in Syria have been airlifted to Grozny, Chechnya, on Monday.
The people that arrived in Chechnya are natives of Russia’s republics of Bashkortostan, Dagestan and Chechnya, the city of Oryol as well as nationals of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.
This is the biggest group evacuated in similar operations so far. Meeting them at the airport were relatives, local officials and families whose children still stay in countries of the Middle East, TASS reported.
More than 50 people have returned to Russia from Iraq and Syria in the past four months. Thirty-five of them are children. Rescued from flashpoints are residents of Chechnya, Dagestan, the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Region, the Tver region as well as Kazakhs nationals. Chechnya’s Akhmat Kadyrov Foundation has defrayed the cost of search and their return.
Some 445 Russian children currently remain in the zones of armed conflicts in Syria and Iraq, Russian children’s rights commissioner Anna Kuznetsova said earlier. "Now we are speaking about 445 children, 28% of them are under three years of age," Kuznetsova told a meeting of the commission for returning Russian children from Iraq and Syria in September.
Nine percent of these children were born in the zone of hostilities. More than half of children (54%) on the list are aged between four and nine years, while 18% are older than ten.