IRC: 31 died fleeing after ISIS defeat in Syria

Orient Net 2019-04-02 06:55:00

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An international aid group said on Monday (April 1) 31 deaths were recorded in the final week of March among people making their way out of the last territory held by ISIS and toward a camp for the displaced.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) said the highest weekly death rate reflects the desperate conditions of the mostly women and children who left the village of Baghouz for al-Hol camp. 

The IRC said a total of 217 people died while evacuating Baghouz in the final weeks of the battle. Most were toddlers suffering from malnutrition. The camp holds 70,000 people.

Based on AP