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167 Syrians died of cold since March 2011: SNHR

Local | 2020-02-14 22:18:00
167 Syrians died of cold since March 2011: SNHR
 
(Zaman Al Wasl)- The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said 167 Syrian citizens, including 77 children, have died due to the cold in Syria since March 2011, appealing for relief for nearly 800,000 recently forcibly displaced persons due to the ongoing Russian-led regime offensive in northwestern Syria. 
    
Between March 2011 and January 31, 2020, the report documents the deaths of 167 civilians due to the cold in Syria, including 77 children and 18 women.
  
Meanwhile, the military offensive on an opposition-controlled region of northwestern Syria has created one of the worst catastrophes for civilians in the country's long-running war, sending hundreds of thousands of people fleeing, many of them sleeping in open fields and under trees in freezing temperatures.

The weather has contributed to at least 10 deaths, including four who suffered hypothermia, a family of four that died of suffocation in their tent and two who burned to death when their tent caught fire, according to Mohammed Hallaj, a coordinator for the area’s Response Coordination Group, AP reported.

Terrified families piled on trucks and vehicles, sitting on top of mattresses and blankets, clogging sludgy rural roads in harrowing scenes of exodus that have been recurrent in Syria’s conflict, now in its ninth year.

Nearly half a million people have been killed and millions displaced in Syria's long-running civil war, which erupted in 2011 in the form of anti-government protests amid Arab Spring uprisings and eventually turned into an armed insurgency.

 
Zaman Al Wasl
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