A fire broke out in the Syrian refugee camp Al-Hol. According to Unicef, three children died. More than 60,000 people live in the camp.
According to the UN Children’s Fund Unicef, at least three children were killed in a fire in a refugee camp in northeast Syria. Another 15 were injured in the fire in the Al-Hol camp on Saturday evening, said the Unicef regional director for the Middle East, Ted Chaiban, on Sunday.
The Al-Hol camp is located in a region controlled by Syria’s Kurds. According to the UN, it is the largest refugee camp in the civil war country with more than 60,000 people. More than 80 percent of the residents are women and children. Thousands of supporters or former supporters of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist militia live there, including German nationals. Aid organizations have long complained of inhumane conditions in the completely overcrowded camp.
Unicef called on the international community to take care of the more than 22,000 children of at least 60 nationalities in and around the camp and to take them back in. All member states are called upon to issue the necessary documents to children of their nationals in order to avoid statelessness. “Children should not be detained solely on the basis of suspected family links to armed groups,” said Chaiban.