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Charity calls on Ottawa to rescue 25 Canadian kids trapped in Syria

People run to take cover after mortars fired from Syria, in Akcakale, Turkey, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. An Associated Press journalist said at least two government buildings were hit by the mortars in Sanliurfa province's border town of Akcakale and at least two people were wounded. An international charity is calling on Ottawa to rescue at least 25 Canadian children caught up in Turkey's offensive into northeastern Syria. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Ismail Coskun/IHA via AP

TORONTO — An international charity is calling on Ottawa to rescue at least 25 Canadian children caught up in Turkey’s offensive into northeastern Syria.

Save the Children Canada, who has aid workers on the ground in Syria, says the kids are largely the offspring of Islamic State militants, and some of them are orphans.

The group’s CEO, Bill Chambers, says the children are innocent and as Canadian citizens they should be repatriated.

He says they are largely based in Al-Hawl, a refugee camp about 100 kilometres southeast of where the Turkish incursion is underway.

Turkey launched an air and ground assault against Kurdish forces on Wednesday — three days after President Donald Trump pulled U.S. troops from the area.

Chambers says the camps where the children are currently living in have not come under attack yet, but he calls the conditions there dire.

This report by the Canadian Press was first published on Oct. 10, 2019.

The Canadian Press