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Jordan allows sick Syrian toddler to be brought over border after online campaign

Published 17/08/2016 | 21:46

A woman walks with a boy on the rubble of damaged shops and buildings in Manbij, Aleppo Governorate, Syria, August 16, 2016
A woman walks with a boy on the rubble of damaged shops and buildings in Manbij, Aleppo Governorate, Syria, August 16, 2016

Jordan's military has brought a Syrian toddler and his family into the kingdom for medical treatment after a video of a sick child crying in distress sparked sympathy online.

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The widely shared video shows the screaming boy with a scrotum swollen to the size of half his head, as a man pleads for assistance.

A UN aid agency confirmed that the boy in the video was the one evacuated on Wednesday from the Rukban desert encampment, where tens of thousands of Syrians are stranded on the border with Jordan.

Some 75,000 Syrians live in increasingly dire conditions in Rukban and another border camp.

Jordan sealed the border two months ago after a car bomb killed seven of its soldiers.

Since then, the refugees have largely been cut off from aid.

Press Association

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