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Displaced child from Idlib drowns in river north of Aleppo

Translation: Glory Jabr
Publication date: 2020/06/12 09:26

Aleppo - SMART

A displaced child from the village of Ain Laruz, south of Idlib, drowned in the Afrin river near the village of Deir Ballut, Northern Syria.

A member of the local council media office in the city of Afrin, Obaida al-Hayani, reported to SMART that the child was swimming in the river near the Deir Ballut camp (45 kilometers northwest of Aleppo) with a group of children before he drowned. Civil Defense team handed the child's body to his family.

Al-Hayani added that drowning incidents in the river are repeated periodically, due to the lack of awareness of the river nature and the changes that occur in the water level. Earlier, Civil Defense teams and local councils issued warnings to the families and displaced people in the area to be careful and prevent children from swimming in the river.

On Sept. 16, 2019, an investigator in the Syrian National Army's Military Police of the Syrian Interim Government and another person drowned in Afrin near Aleppo, Northern Syria.

Activists documented the drowning of dozens of people in the past two years in the Maydanki lake, despite warnings of the danger of swimming in the lake, which is controlled by the Olive Branch factions and the Turkish Army.