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Germany: Berlin confirms German IS fighters have right to return home02:44

Germany: Berlin confirms German IS fighters have right to return home

Germany, Berlin
February 18, 2019 at 14:28 GMT +00:00 · Published

German citizens that fought or are still fighting for the so-called Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) have a fundamental right to return to Germany, a government spokesperson confirmed in Berlin on Monday.

Speaking at a press conference, Interior Ministry spokesperson Stefan Ruwwe-Gloesenkamp added that these people will have to stand trial for their actions abroad.

"We estimate that around 1050 persons from Germany have travelled to conflict zones in Iraq and Syria since 2013, to join terrorist groups in order to participate in Jihad. One third of these persons have returned to Germany. 270 women and children from Germany or in many cases also children that have been born there to German parents are still in the region Syria or Iraq. We estimate that 75% of these children are younger than three years old," concluded Ruwwe-Gloesenkamp.

Government spokesperson Steffen Seibert added that the Germans are in close contact with their European and American allies on the issue.

Germany: Berlin confirms German IS fighters have right to return home02:44
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German citizens that fought or are still fighting for the so-called Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) have a fundamental right to return to Germany, a government spokesperson confirmed in Berlin on Monday.

Speaking at a press conference, Interior Ministry spokesperson Stefan Ruwwe-Gloesenkamp added that these people will have to stand trial for their actions abroad.

"We estimate that around 1050 persons from Germany have travelled to conflict zones in Iraq and Syria since 2013, to join terrorist groups in order to participate in Jihad. One third of these persons have returned to Germany. 270 women and children from Germany or in many cases also children that have been born there to German parents are still in the region Syria or Iraq. We estimate that 75% of these children are younger than three years old," concluded Ruwwe-Gloesenkamp.

Government spokesperson Steffen Seibert added that the Germans are in close contact with their European and American allies on the issue.