WHO: “29 children died from hypothermia in al-Hawl camo in southern al-Hasakah”

Writing Kaled Abdul-hamid | Editing Obaida Al Nabwani | Translation Nouha Salti | Translation Editing Farah Nassif 🕔 Publication Date: January 31, 2019, 10:12:20 PM wire RELIEF & HUMANITARIAN Displacement

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On Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that it obtained reports about 29 children who died in eight weeks in the al-Hawl camp for internally displaced persons (IDP), 70 kilometers south of al-Hasakah, Northeastern Syria; most of the children died from hypothermia.  

In a statement published on its official website, the United Nations agency appealed for unhindered access to the camp, saying the situation had become “critical” for 33 thousand IDPs, mainly women, and children, who now live there in cold winter weather without tents, covers, and heating devices.

The statement mentioned that many of the IDP have traveled to the camp, fleeing the battles between the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Islamic State in eastern Deir al-Zor.

The WHO reported that most of the IDPs are arriving in the camp “malnourished and exhausted following years of deprivation.”

Earlier, a fire broke out in a tent in the al-Hawl camp, killing a nine-year-old infant, while a six-year-old also died due to hypothermia in the same camp.

More than 3,990 families, including 2,807 Iraqi families and 97 foreign families, reside in the al-Hawl camp, which is managed by the Kurdish Autonomous Administration in the al-Hasakah countryside.

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Writing Kaled Abdul-hamid | Editing Obaida Al Nabwani | Translation Nouha Salti | Translation Editing Farah Nassif 🕔 Publication Date: January 31, 2019, 10:12:20 PM wire RELIEF & HUMANITARIAN Displacement
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