Members of the Syrian Civil Defence (White Helmets) disinfect buildings and tents where Palestinian and Syrian families live collectively in Idlib, Syria on 24 March 2020. (Muhammed Said/Anadolu Agency)
A Palestinian refugee has died of the novel coronavirus in Deraa Camp for Palestinian refugees, south of Syria, where a number of other residents also contracted the deadly virus.
Palestinian refugee Ahmed Mahmoud AlHaj, sheltered in Deraa Camp, has died of the novel coronavirus.
At the same time, three residents have tested positive for the highly-contagious virus and are in a critical condition.
Civilians have strongly condemned the Syrian authorities and international humanitarian organizations regarding their appeals for urgent treatment and for ambulances to carry the diseased to the hospital.
The residents have expressed deep concern over their children’s safety due to the absence of anti-coronavirus drives and hygiene kit in the area.
Confirmed coronavirus cases have increasingly been reported in Palestinian refugee camps in Syria.
A few months earlier, the London-based Action Group for Palestinians of Syria (AGPS) warned of an unabated outbreak of COVID-19 in Palestinian refugee camps in Syria. Limited access to running water, pharmacies and medical facilities mean displacement camps are more susceptible to the spread of the highly infectious virus.
Displacement camps set up in northern Syria are especially vulnerable as most hospitals and medical facilities have been bombed, rendering them out of order.