The Albanian national Alvin Berisha, 11, has been released from a former ISIS camp in Syria and is currently safe in the Syrian capital Damascus. The boy was being held in the Al Hol camp in Syria, where he was taken by his mother when he was only five.
According to the Italian daily La Repubblica, Alvin was released thanks to a humanitarian corridor created by the International Red Cross and the Red Crescent Movement. Italian Special Forces were present, while Albanian authorities also helped in the operation.
The newspaper reports this is an unprecedented operation because no children had been ever released from a Syrian camp from the start of the war.
Alvin will fly to Beirut than Rome, where he will join his father Afrim. He was born in Italy to Albanian parents but was taken to Syria by his mother Valbona, to join ISIS. She died last spring during a bombardment.