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UN: 84 die while fleeing Daesh in Syria

March 1, 2019 at 6:59 pm

A Syrian family is seen on a pick up truck with their belongings as they return to their homes Afrin and Idlib, after Turkish Armed Forces and Free Syrian Army (FSA) took complete control of northwestern Syria’s Afrin from PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG and Daesh terror groups within the “Operation Olive Branch” on 24 March, 2018 [Halil Fidan/Anadolu Agency]

At least 84 people fleeing Daesh-held areas in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor have died since last December either en route or shortly after arriving at the al-Hol camp, according to a UN official on Friday, Anadolu Agency reports.

“The UN in Syria remains gravely concerned about the plight of thousands of civilians fleeing the last [Daesh]-held areas of Al-Baghouz in rural Deir-Ez-Zor governorate after intense hostilities in the area,” Jens Laerke, spokesman of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) told reporters in Geneva.

Laerke said “175 children have been hospitalized due to medical complications from severe acute malnutrition,” citing reports from UN agencies and aid groups.

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Some 13,000 people, 90 per cent women and children, have arrived at the al-Hol camp in Al Hassakeh Governorate in the last week alone, he said, adding that many are “exhausted, hungry and sick.

“Since December 2018, approximately 45,000 people have fled the Hajin and Al-Baghouz areas of Deir-ez-Zor and arrived at Al Hol camp,” he said.

Large numbers of people continue to arrive at the site on a daily basis, which is now operating above capacity.

Daesh now controlled 2 per cent of the Syrian territory after it lost the area east of the Euphrates.

But some 28 per cent of Syrian lands are under YPG/PKK’s occupation.

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Regime forces control 60 per cent of the country, while the military opposition and anti-regime armed groups control 10 per cent of the Syrian territory.

Ankara has repeatedly criticized the US for supplying weapons to the terrorist YPG/PKK for fighting the Daesh terror group, arguing that using one terrorist group to fight another makes no sense.

In its 30-year terrorist campaign, the PKK has taken some 40,000 lives, including women and children. The YPG is its Syrian branch.