Two babies die from cold in northwest Syria


Published: 2022-02-02 13:10

Last Updated: 2024-02-28 18:32

Credit: France 24
Credit: France 24

Two Syrian infant girls died from the harsh weather conditions in the country's northwest, according to the UN Tuesday.

Rain and snow have destroyed hundreds of tents of displaced families in Syria's Idlib province.

The UN's humanitarian agency OCHA told AFP that a seven-day-old girl and a two-month-old girl died from the cold in Idlib.

The two girls were transferred to the Al Rahman specialist hospital in the Idlib village of Haranbush.

The hospital’s medical director Mazen Al Talawi confirmed the two deaths.

The seven-day-old Fatima Mohammad Al Mahmoud was brought to the hospital at around 2am “with cold limbs, dilapidated pupils, and was unresponsive,” Dr Al Talawi told AP by phone.

As for the two-month-old Amina Mohammad Salama, she arrived at the hospital cold and blue with low blood sugar and extreme pulmonary bleeding at 1pm Monday.

“We received her, her situation worsened and worsened until she died at 6pm,” the doctor said.

Around 7,000 people live in the town of Haranbush, surrounded by 70,000 people living in neighboring camps, according to Al Talawi. He said the hospital is being filled with cases because of the cold.