MSF says children in Al Hol dying of preventable diseases

Organisation denounces conditions in Syrian refugee camp

17 May, 17:39

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, MAY 17 - The humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF), which works at the Al Hol refugee camp in northeast Syria on the border with Iraq, said in a statement that children in the camp are dying of preventable diseases and women are giving birth in unsafe conditions.

    The UN and other humanitarian organisations such as MSF have said that the Al Hol camp, which was built in the 1990s to house no more than 15,000 people, is now holding 73,000 refugees.

    Most of the refugees are from the eastern regions of Syria where Kurdish forces and ISIS militants were fighting through March.

    Of the more than 70,000 residents at the Al Hol camp, 94% are women and children.

    There are 11,000 people - 7,000 of whom are children - of non-Syrian nationality.

    MSF said these people do not have access to the areas of the camp where basic medical services are available.(ANSAmed).

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