UNICEF: 2 Children Die in Refugee Camp on Jordan Border

UNICEF: 2 Children Die in Refugee Camp on Jordan Border

Wednesday, 10 October, 2018 - 18:15
A woman carries her child near a refugee camp in Jordan. (Reuters)
Asharq Al-Awsat
The United Nations’ children agency said on Wednesday that two children died in the Rukban camp for displaced people on the Syrian-Jordanian border.

UNICEF said a 5-day-old boy and a 4-month-old girl died in the past 48 hours due to lack of medical care.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday that Syrian regime forces have cut off roads used for aid deliveries to Rukban, which houses, exacerbating the camp's poor conditions.

UNICEF said it has a clinic in Jordan near the border but that more sophisticated healthcare services are needed.

"Once again, UNICEF appeals to all parties to the conflict in Syria and those who have influence over them, to allow and facilitate access to basic services including health for children and families," said the agency's Middle East and North Africa director, Geert Cappelaere.

"This is the very minimum for human dignity."

The United Nations last year said an estimated 45,000 people, mostly women and children, were trapped in Rukban near Syria's borders with Jordan and Iraq.

A suicide bombing claimed by ISIS in June 2016 killed seven Jordanian soldiers in no-man's land near the Rukban crossing.

Soon afterwards, the army declared Jordan's desert regions that stretch northeast to Syria and east to Iraq "closed military zones".

The kingdom, part of the US-led coalition fighting ISIS, has allowed several humanitarian aid deliveries to the area following UN requests, but the borders remain closed.

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