Kosovo families have been waiting outside a shelter, trying to talk with relatives who have been repatriated from Syria.

On Saturday, 110 Kosovar citizens — four alleged foreign fighters, 32 women and 74 children — were brought back home with the assistance of the United States.

Hidajete Delia was waiting for hours Monday morning to meet up with her sister Dafina, 23, and her sister’s two little children at the camp in Vranidoll, 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Pristina, the capital. She says her sister calls the six years she spent in Syria “hell.”

Kosovo police officers secure the area inside a detention center where authorities have brought back from Syria 110 Kosovar citizens, mostly women and children in the village of Vranidol on Sunday, April 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
Kosovo police officers secure the area inside a detention center where authorities have brought back from Syria 110 Kosovar citizens, mostly women and children in the village of Vranidol on Sunday, April 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

Since 2012, more than 400 people have left Kosovo, a predominantly Muslim nation, to join extremist groups in Syria and Iraq, but authorities say no one has left in the past three years.

Authorities say 87 Kosovo citizens are still in Syria.

A police officer decorates a girl with dandelions as she plays with a group of children at a detention center where authorities have brought back from Syria 110 Kosovar citizens, mostly women and children in the village of Vranidol on Sunday, April 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
A police officer decorates a girl with dandelions as she plays with a group of children at a detention center where authorities have brought back from Syria 110 Kosovar citizens, mostly women and children in the village of Vranidol on Sunday, April 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
A police officer plays with a group of children inside a detention center where authorities have brought back from Syria 110 Kosovar citizens, mostly women and children in the village of Vranidol on Sunday, April 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
A police officer plays with a group of children inside a detention center where authorities have brought back from Syria 110 Kosovar citizens, mostly women and children in the village of Vranidol on Sunday, April 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
A police officer decorates a girl with dandelions as she plays with a group of children at a detention center where authorities have brought back from Syria 110 Kosovar citizens, mostly women and children in the village of Vranidol on Sunday, April 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
A police officer decorates a girl with dandelions as she plays with a group of children at a detention center where authorities have brought back from Syria 110 Kosovar citizens, mostly women and children in the village of Vranidol on Sunday, April 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
Kosovo police officer secures the area of a detention center where authorities brought back from Syria 110 Kosovar citizens, mostly women and children in the village of Vranidol on Sunday, April 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
Kosovo police officer secures the area of a detention center where authorities brought back from Syria 110 Kosovar citizens, mostly women and children in the village of Vranidol on Sunday, April 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
A girl walks inside a detention center where authorities brought back from Syria 110 Kosovar citizens, mostly women and children in the village of Vranidol on Sunday, April 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
A girl walks inside a detention center where authorities brought back from Syria 110 Kosovar citizens, mostly women and children in the village of Vranidol on Sunday, April 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
A child plays with a ball near a police officer at a detention center where authorities have brought back from Syria 110 Kosovar citizens, mostly women and children in the village of Vranidol on Sunday, April 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
A child plays with a ball near a police officer at a detention center where authorities have brought back from Syria 110 Kosovar citizens, mostly women and children in the village of Vranidol on Sunday, April 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
A group of children walk inside a detention center where authorities have brought back from Syria 110 Kosovar citizens, mostly women and children in the village of Vranidol on Sunday, April 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
A group of children walk inside a detention center where authorities have brought back from Syria 110 Kosovar citizens, mostly women and children in the village of Vranidol on Sunday, April 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
Group of children walk at a detention center where authorities have brought back from Syria 110 Kosovar citizens, mostly women and children in the village of Vranidol on Sunday, April 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
Group of children walk at a detention center where authorities have brought back from Syria 110 Kosovar citizens, mostly women and children in the village of Vranidol on Sunday, April 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

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