MOSCOW, March 20 (RAPSI) – Over 30 children are expected to be returned from war zones to Russia after the lifting of the coronavirus quarantine, Russia’s child rights commissioner Anna Kuznetsova has said during the work group meeting.

According to the ombudsman, intelligence officers are ready to get the minors out of the conflict zones but new circumstances delay the transfer operation. She added that there are children requiring medical aid in Syria.

In September 2017, the inter-departmental commission for assistance in children’s return from fighting zones and the commission’s authorized working group were established under the children’s rights commissioner. Their database includes about 700 minors brought out to the Middle East by parents.

Throughout the last two years, Kuznetsova was facilitating the return of Russian minors from combat zones in Syria and Iraq and is keeping on it now.

In total 157 children have already come back home, 122 from Iraq and 35 from Syria, according to the ombudsman.