UPDATED 6:56 AM PT — Thursday, September 12, 2019
A United Nations panel is sounding the alarm over the poor detention conditions at a major refugee camp in Syria. According to the UN’s Independent Commission of Inquiry Wednesday, up to 70,000 refugees are held in inhumane conditions in the al-Hol camp in Eastern Syria.
Investigators say the majority of camp detainees are women and children, who lack access to basic resources. UN officials are blaming all parties in the Syrian conflict for the rising number of displaced persons. The panel urged an international effort to establish peace in Syria.
“The children, from 12 to 18, they are children and adolescents. We think that this is very strange.
Perhaps you can ask to member states, where those guys are considered terrorists, if they have more than 12 years old. The commission finds this completely appalling.”
— Paulo Pinheiro, chairperson – Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria
The UN called on all parties in the Syrian conflict to cease hostilities to prevent further flight of refugees from areas affected by fighting.