Serious concerns have been raised about the 'critical' health situation in the Al-Hol camp in Syria, with authorities saying they are overwhelmed by the sheer number of people in need of support.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the population in the camp has tripled in size in less than two months from 10,000 to 33,000 people. It says many of the new arrivals are malnourished and exhausted. At least 29 children and newborns are reported to have died over the past eight weeks, mainly from hypothermia, while travelling to the camp or shortly after arrival.
In a statement, the WHO said, while it is scaling up efforts in the area, it is extremely concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation.
"The situation in Al-Hol camp is heartbreaking. Children are dying from hypothermia as their families flee to safety. We are scaling up our efforts in Al Hol, but we need faster approvals to allow us deliver supplies, and we need guaranteed access to both the camp and the roads leading to it. We call on all parties to give us unhindered access so that we can reach these people and give them the help they desperately need," said Elizabeth Hoff, WHO Representative in Syria.