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Medical Science, Syria


Typhoid has broken out in an opposition-held region of Syria due to people drinking contaminated water from the Euphrates River, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said, al Jazeera reported.

An estimated 2,500 people in northeastern Deir az-Zor province have been infected with the contagious disease, which causes diarrhoea and can be fatal, the UN agency said on Tuesday.


About 60 per cent of Syrian refugees residing on the Turkish-Syrian border are children, Anadolu agency reported on Monday.

This shows that 10,000 out of 17,000 refugees residing at the Atma camp on the Turkish border with Syria, are children under the age of 16.

It is reported that the Turkish government has created all the necessary conditions for children living in the most difficult conditions, to continue their education. In particular, schools were constructed and teachers speaking Arabic were involved.


Turkish Red Crescent has sent 75 tonnes of flour to Syrians Worldbulletin reported.

According to an announcement by the agency, 3 truck laden of flour was handed out to Syrians in Turkey's border town Akcakale.

The agency will send a total of 50,000 tonnes of flour to Syrians upon cabinet decision.

Meanwhile, Turkish NGOs and municipalities continue to send aid materials to Syrians under the "Bread and Blanket for Syrians" campaign.


The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is removing some of its foreign staff out of the Syrian capital Damascus to Lebanon for security reasons, an ICRC official in Beirut told dpa on Friday, dpa reported.

Hicham Hassan, an ICRC spokesman in Geneva, said that the Syrian Arab Red Crescent has also suspended some of its operations in the northern city of Aleppo due to the heavy fighting.


A joint team of Syrian and international Red Crescent and Red Cross workers have succeeded in entering the beleaguered town of Douma on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, a Red Crescent official told dpa Monday.

"Our joint team entered (Douma) yesterday and will attempt to go there again today bringing urgent medical and humanitarian assistance," Syrian Arab Red Crescent operations director Khaled Erksoussi told dpa.


The Syrian government has agreed to let aid workers into the country, the UN says, even as the government of Bashar al-Assad expels foreign diplomats Al Jazeera reported

It would be the first time humanitarian workers - aside from the International Committee of the Red Cross - have been granted permission to enter Syria.

The workers will initially be based in just four cities hard hit by the fighting: Homs, Deraa, Idlib, and Deir Azzor.