A Berlin court has ruled that the government must repatriate the German wife of a suspected Islamic State (IS) group fighter and her three children.
The court said the children would suffer if they remained in the al-Hol refugee camp in Syria.
The case came about because the woman’s family sued the foreign ministry after officials had refused to help her return to Germany.
It is the first such ruling in the country.
Until now Germany had been prepared to allow some of the children to travel to Germany without their mothers, fearing that the women might be radicalised and could pose a danger to German society.
In this case, the court explained that “inaction” meant the three children would be faced with “serious, unreasonable and unavoidable disadvantages”.
The children are eight, seven and two years old, reports the Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. The mother is from the federal state of Lower Saxony.
The BBC’s Damian McGuinness in Berlin says this case is one of a number brought by the families of suspected IS…