Cold, lack of medical care kill 15 refugee children in Syria

The cold snap is having dire consequences on the people fleeing the fighting in eastern Syria.

Freezing temperatures and lack of medical care have killed at least 15 displaced children in the Rukban camp in southeastern Syria and Hajin, north in recent weeks.

A United Nations report said, freezing temperatures and harsh living conditions are increasingly putting children’s lives at risk.

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) Regional Director Geert Cappelaere said, the cold in the isolated desert camp on the Jordanian border, where 80 per cent of the 45,000 residents are women and children, was increasing infant mortality.

He said, the lives of babies continue to be cut short by health conditions that are preventable and treatable, adding, there are no excuses for this in the 21st century.

Rukban has been particularly difficult to reach due to its sensitive location on the Jordanian border and the proximity of U.S. forces and the rebels they support.

The cold snap is having dire consequences on the people fleeing the fighting in eastern Syria.

The area near the Iraqi border has seen intense fighting between Daesh militants and Kurdish-led forces backed by U.S. air strikes.