UNICEF: 15 Syria children dead due to extreme weather

Date: 
January, 2019
Country: 
Syria

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) said that as many as 15 displaced Syrian children, most of them infants, have died from extreme cold and lack of medical care.

The children – 13 of them less than one year old – have died in Al-Rukban refugee camp in south eastern Syria, near the border with Jordan. The remaining two died while fleeing Daesh’ stronghold in northern Syria.

“Freezing temperatures and harsh living conditions in Rukban are increasingly putting children’s lives at risk,” UNICEF’s regional director Geert Cappelaere said in a statement. He added: “In just one month at least eight children – most of them under four months and the youngest only one hour old – have died.”

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) said yesterday that as many as 15 displaced Syrian children, most of them infants, have died from extreme cold and lack of medical care.

The children – 13 of them less than one year old – have died in Al-Rukban refugee camp in south eastern Syria, near the border with Jordan. The remaining two died while fleeing Daesh’ stronghold in northern Syria.

“Freezing temperatures and harsh living conditions in Rukban are increasingly putting children’s lives at risk,” UNICEF’s regional director Geert Cappelaere said in a statement. He added: “In just one month at least eight children – most of them under four months and the youngest only one hour old – have died.”

Source: MEMO