Syrian IDPs in Idlib Suffer from Scorching Heat

Above-average temperatures affect the health of the IDPs in Syria’s Idlib. Many refugee children were taken to the hospital due to being exposed to sunstroke.

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Illustration. ACT partners in Syria deliver aid to IDPs in Syria (ACTNews)

ACTNews, IDLIB, SYRIA – Hundreds of IDPs in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib are suffering from above-average temperature that exceeds 40 degrees.

Dr. Ammar Rahhal from the Ibn Sina Hospital in Idlib revealed that the high temperature affects the health of the IDPs living in tents. Rahhal said many refugee children were hospitalized due to being exposed to sunstroke after playing outside between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Tent protects people neither from the heat of summer nor from the cold of winter. A day in a tent is like a year,” said Yahya Uayyid, one of the IDPs.

The Uayyids were forcibly displaced from their home in Aleppo and now settled in a camp in Idlib. His three children have been constantly taken to the hospital for being affected by the scorching heat.

Fatma Zein Ali, another IDP who came from the southern countryside of Aleppo has also had her children hospitalized due to the extreme temperature.

Syria has been engulfed in a civil war since early 2011. Around half a million people have been killed and more than 12 million have been displaced from their homes.[]