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The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Poor weather | Windstorm blows away tens of tents in western Idlib

A windstorm has struck refugee camps in Al-Sheikh Bahr area in western Idlib, which damaged over 125 tents.

 

On May 16, SOHR sources reported that nearly 40 tents were burned down in al-Baraka camp in Deir Hassan area in Idlib countryside. No casualties were reported.

 

Meanwhile, more than 100 families have fled for fear of spreading of fire to nearby tents.

 

Refugee camps’ inhabitants live in inhumane situation with the absence of humanitarian organizations’ active role, in addition to widespread poverty and high ratio of unemployment. All these factors force families to follow austere solutions to survive, and adapt to the cold weather in winter and the summer’s heat. Also the lack of water and use of primitive methods of cooking inside the camps without taking preventive measures to maintain public safety, cause several disasters.

 

SOHR sources confirmed that four tents were burned down in the “Al-Salam Camp” in Sheikh Yousef village, west of Idlib city, after a fire broke out while using primitive cooking methods inside the tent.

 

Meanwhile, temperatures in north-western Syria rose significantly in the past few days recording nearly 40 degrees Celsius, while a Low-pressure area is expected to struck areas in north-western Syria along with heavy rains.

 

On May 13, Observatory activists reported that nearly 100 displaced people, mostly children and women, were transported from the camps of “Re’ayat Al-Tufolah”, Faraj Allah, Al-Zaytoun and Al-Tawheed in northern Idlib, to hospitals and medical centers, since they suffered from food poisoning after having Iftar meals presented by charitable organizations.

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