Death toll climbs at Al-Hol camp in northeast Syria

Reuters , Thursday 21 Mar 2019

Twelve people died overnight after arriving at a camp in northeastern Syria from Islamic State group's final enclave at Baghouz, the International Rescue Committee said on Thursday.

"Last night, another 2,000 women and children arrived at al-Hol camp in northeast Syria from Baghouz. Up to 60 arrivals needed immediate hospitalisation and there were another 12 deaths recorded," IRC said in a statement.

"These women and children are in the worst condition we have seen since the crisis first began. Many have been caught up in the fighting and dozens have been burnt or badly injured by shrapnel," Wendy Taeuber, IRC’s Iraq and northeast Syria country director, said in the statement.

"There have now been at least 138 deaths on the way to al Hol or soon after arriving at the camp since early December.

The deaths have overwhelmingly been of babies and infants," IRC said. 

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