Day: February 18, 2018

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Turkish medical teams volunteering near Syrian border

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Kilis, TurkeyVolunteer medical teams in the southern Turkish city of Kilis are working 24 hours a day to provide medical care to both soldiers and civilians from across the border in Syria.Alongside the counter-terrorist Operation Olive Branch in north…

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King Abdullah meets Putin at Kremlin; agree to boost ties

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MoscowJordanian King Abdullah II kicked off a summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the Jordanian-Russian strategic partnership, as well as the latest regional and international developments.In a one-on-one meeting on Thursday followe…

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IOM: Over 1,200 child migrants recorded dead in recent years

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Geneva More than 1,200 deaths of migrant children have been recorded since 2014, while the real figure is likely to be much bigger amid an upward trend in the number of child migrants, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) announced on Friday.

“Since IOM began collecting data in 2014 it has recorded the deaths of more than 1,200 child migrants, nearly half of whom perished while attempting to cross the Mediterranean. The real figure is likely to be much higher, given that approximately 12.5 percent of all migrants are under the age of 18, and the number of children migrating around the world has been increasing in recent years,” IOM said in a statement.

The UN agency expressed its special concern over the lack of information on the real scale of child migration essential to designing policies to tackle the problem, noting that in only about 40 percent of recorded migrant deaths it managed to estimate the age of those deceased, Sputnik International reported.

According to the IOM data, the most deaths were due to drowning � 681 children, most of whom perished in the Mediterranean Sea or the Bay of Bengal. Another 68 children died due to vehicle accidents or suffocation during vehicular transport, 50 due to harsh environments that they faced en route to places of destinations, 35 as a result of violence, and 23 due to illness and lack of access to medicine.

Among the child migrant routes, crossing the Mediterranean, especially from Turkey to Greece, has proved to be particularly deadly.

“At least 396 migrants under the age of 18 died while crossing the Eastern Mediterranean since 2014, with a further 164 recorded on the Central Mediterranean route, and 16 on the Western Mediterranean route,” the statement read.

Earlier this month, the IOM reported that the number of migrants and refugees entering Europe by sea had come to 7,511 this year (a year-on-year decrease), while total deaths registered in the Mediterranean over the first five weeks of the year had increased and reached 390.

Source: International Islamic News Agency