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As fears increase over the danger posed by recruits returning to Europe as ISIS faces battleground defeat, the French security services have said that approximately 460 children of radicalised parents are likely to return to the Hexagon.
The problem posed by returning children – under the age of 18 – is the most complex. Although men made up the majority of the recruits, almost 90 percent, women recruits were highly valued by ISIS, as a propaganda tool and as mothers of minors they took with them.
More than 5,000 Europeans joined ISIS between 2011 and 2016, and a report written for the European Union estimated that between 1,200 and 3,000 could return, presenting a serious security challenge.
The Department of Maritime Affairs (DAM) was alerted early on Tuesday morning by the professional fisherman of Monaco of the presence of tree trunks floating in the sea off Portier.
The anti-pollution vessel Vitamar found that there was a considerable amount of floating debris, covering an area of 300 metres by 30 metres. This information was forwarded to the regional operational centre for surveillance and rescue and the decision was taken to close the ports of Monaco to avoid damage to ships.
Thanks to the help of the Monaco Fire Department, the Maritime Police, the Port Operations Company (SEPM) and DAM, anti-pollution dams were quickly installed to protect the Hercule and Fontvieille ports.
Mariners were notified of the closures and the work underway.