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Teenage Inmates in Syria Lack Food and Medicine, Aid Group Says

By Jane Arraf

06 Feb 2022 · 1 min read

QAMISHLI, Syria — Child detainees at a prison in northeast Syria that was attacked by the Islamic State group two weeks ago are injured, hungry and thirsty, according to the first international aid worker to see them since the siege.

“They just managed to say a few words: that they are hungry, they need water, they need medical care,” said the official, Bo Viktor Nylund, UNICEF Syria’s representative, who visited the Sinaa prison Saturday. Prison authorities allowed him to view the children through small, barred windows in the steel cell doors but not to speak with them.

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