UN: 90 people, mostly children, died after leaving IS-held area

Beirut - Some 90 people, two-thirds of them children under the age of 5, have died on their way to a refugee camp in north-eastern Syria or shortly upon arrival, a UN agency reported on Tuesday.

They were fleeing the village of Baghuz, the last stronghold of the Islamic State group in eastern Syria.
The main causes of death were "hypothermia, pneumonia, dehydration or malnutrition complications," the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement.
As of March 3, 90 people have died either en route, shortly after arriving at the camp or after referral for treatment, the UN agency said.
Between February 22 and March 1, about 15,000 people reached al-Hol camp from Baghuz, where the US-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been battling Islamic State militants.
OCHA said that the al-Hol camp population stands at 56,002 individuals, of which more than 90 per cent are women and children. Some children are arriving at the camp without their parents.
International agencies have called for additional financial resources to meet the extensive needs at al-Hol camp.
Syria's Kurdish-led forces resumed their operation to capture Baghuz on Friday, after a lull in fighting to evacuate civilians and family members of Islamic State from the area.
Thousands of civilians and family members of Islamic State militants have been evacuated from the village.


Tuesday, March 5th 2019

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