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)
Three elderly Palestinian refugees have succumbed to COVID-19 over the past few days in AlNeirab Camp, in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo.
Over recent weeks, over 60 refugees have been pronounced dead, bringing the virus death toll to over 200.
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, at a time when residents have been launching cries for help over the absence of hygiene kit and medicines.
Human rights groups have 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.