Families displaced by recent fighting living in tents under the stands of a sports stadium in Idlib City, March 2020. (Photo: Ivor Prickett for The New York Times)
Palestinian refugee Kifayat Khaled Amayri has died of coronavirus in Deir Ballout displacement camp, north of Syria.
Kifayat tested positive for the virus last week. Her health condition took a turn for the worse due to very low levels of blood oxygen and the absence of healthcare services in the area. She breathed her last at the Military Hospital in Efrin.
The victim’s family have appealed to the concerned authorities in Syria and international humanitarian organizations to take urgent action regarding the alarming situation in displacement camps set up in northern Syria, where neither medical staff nor equipment are available.
Over recent months, the Action Group for Palestinians of Syria has warned of an unabated outbreak of COVID-19 in Palestinian refugee camps in Syria, where limited access to running water, pharmacies and medical facilities means 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.