Battle to Oust Islamic State Takes Toll on Syrian Civilians

 wsj.com  2/13/2019 8:23:00 PM   Raja Abdulrahim

BEIRUT—Thousands of civilians fleeing the U.S.-backed battle to oust Islamic State from the last territory it controls in Syria have had to run across minefields and ride in open-air trucks for hours in near-freezing temperature to find safety—in a camp with not enough tents.

At least 35 children and newborns have died since early December, most from hypothermia, either en route or shortly after arriving at the camp, according to the United Nations.

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