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Refugee, displaced children in Syria's al-Hol camp face dire situation: UN
July 18,2019   By:Xinhua
July 18,2019--  UNICEF, the UN children's agency, is seeking improved access to about 49,000 displaced and refugee children, mostly under 12 years of age, who face a dire situation in Syria's al-Hol camp, a UN spokesman said on Wednesday.
 
"UNICEF today (Wednesday) calls for improved humanitarian access and protection of the children living in al-Hol camp," said Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
 
UNICEF estimates that more than 90 percent of the camp's 70,000 people are children and women, Haq said. Nearly 20,000 of the children are from Syria. The rest, 29,000, come from 62 different countries, including 9,000 from Iraq. Most of them are under the age of 12.
 
"These children face a dire humanitarian situation, further compounded by the trauma of conflict," he said. "UNICEF is calling on all member states involved to take full responsibility for the reintegration of children into their local communities and the safe repatriation of children back to their countries."
 
Al-Hol is in Syria's northeast where fighting has subsided, while in the northwest, violence has been increasing.
 
UNICEF said on its website that in Idlib, nearly 1 million children have been trapped for months on end amid the heavy fighting.
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