UK official criticized after baby of IS teen dies in Syria

UK official criticized after baby of IS teen dies in Syria

UK official criticized after baby of IS teen dies in Syria

The Kurdish forces holding Islamic State (ISIS) families in northern Syria have denied reports that the newborn baby of Shamima Begum, a Bangladeshi-origin London schoolgirl who fled the United Kingdom to join the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group, may have died in a refugee camp in the region.

Begum left London for Syria in 2015 with two other schoolgirls to marry fighters from so-called Islamic State and has since had her British citizenship revoked.

She said she had been living with her husband, a Dutch IS fighter, in IS's last stronghold and had previously lost two children, blaming the inhospitable conditions.

Mohammed T Akunjee, who represented the family of the 19-year-old, had posted on his Twitter account: "We have strong but as yet unconfirmed reports that Shamima Begums son has died".

Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Ed Davey said the boy will be remembered if courts rule Mr Javid acted "illegally in making a British citizen stateless".

This week a British baby died from pneumonia in a Syrian refugee camp.

They are said to have also died, apparently from illness and malnutrition.

Neighbouring Austria said on Wednesday it would not help repatriate any citizens who fought for ISIS and other militant groups, as countries across the West wrestle with how to deal with returning militants. "The Home Secretary failed this British child and he has a lot to answer for".

"The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has consistently advised against travel in Syria since April 2011", said the spokesperson, according to the Independent.

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The baby, however, retained his citizenship and could have been allowed into the UK.

Ms Begum discussed her fears that she could lose her third child, saying: "This is really not a place to raise children, this camp".

The lawyer of Shamima Begum has today claimed that her newborn son has died in Syria.

With ISIS territory squeezed to its final dregs by US -led forces in the last couple of months, interest has grown in the so-called ISIS brides who traveled from the West and are now accumulating in the refugee camps in Syria.

Her family, who pledged to appeal against the decision, also wrote to Mr Javid pleading with him to allow a safe passage for the boy to come to the UK.

The women's parents are originally from Pakistan, and the Home Office could pursue the argument that they are Pakistani nationals. I always say how did (Shamima) get there using another person's passport?

Javid didn't comment directly on the baby's death.

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Mustefa Bali confirmed to AFP that the baby had since died, but declined to specify how or when it happened.

Last week it was reported that Shamima and her son Jerah, named after a 7th century Islamic warlord, had been moved from the refugee camp where he was born, after they were "threatened".

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