At least eight children have died at a refugee camp in southern Syria due to a lack of access to medical care and freezing temperatures. Rukban camp, a sprawling mass of tents on the border with Jordan has been largely cut off from essential food and supplies for a year amid a struggle for control over the strategic area between rival powers in Syria’s civil war.
“Extreme cold and the lack of medical care, for mothers before and during birth and for new infants, have exacerbated already dire conditions for children and their families,” said Geert Cappelaere, Unicef regional director for the Middle East and North Africa.
“The lives of babies continue to be cut short by health conditions that are preventable or treatable. There are no excuses for this in the 21st century. This tragic manmade loss of life must end now,” he added.