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Italy: Boy released from ISIS Syrian camp arrives in Rome

Italy, Rome
November 08, 2019 at 10:55 GMT +00:00 · Published

An 11-year old Albanian boy who was born in Italy and had spent five years in a detention camp in northeastern Syria arrived at Fiumicino Rome airport in Rome on Friday morning.

The boy was freed on Wednesday and was reunited with his father with whom he travelled back to Italy, as confirmed by authorities from the Red Cross and Red Crescent on Thursday.

Alvin Berisha was released from the al-Hol camp and was escorted by the Red Crescent from Qamishli to Damascus. There he can be seen being welcomed by members of the Italian Red Cross. He then reached Lebanon before continuing his journey to Rome.

Berisha, who was renamed Yusuf during his time under ISIS control, lived near the northern Italian city of Lecco with his family before being taken to Syria by his mother at the age of six when she joined the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) as a foreign fighter.

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An 11-year old Albanian boy who was born in Italy and had spent five years in a detention camp in northeastern Syria arrived at Fiumicino Rome airport in Rome on Friday morning.

The boy was freed on Wednesday and was reunited with his father with whom he travelled back to Italy, as confirmed by authorities from the Red Cross and Red Crescent on Thursday.

Alvin Berisha was released from the al-Hol camp and was escorted by the Red Crescent from Qamishli to Damascus. There he can be seen being welcomed by members of the Italian Red Cross. He then reached Lebanon before continuing his journey to Rome.

Berisha, who was renamed Yusuf during his time under ISIS control, lived near the northern Italian city of Lecco with his family before being taken to Syria by his mother at the age of six when she joined the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) as a foreign fighter.

Mandatory credit: Italian Red Cross

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