Indonesia says probing report of death of pregnant woman in Syrian camp

An internal security patrol escorts women, reportedly wives of Daesh group fighters, in the Al-Hol camp in Al-Hasakeh governorate in northeastern Syria, on July 23, 2019. (File/AFP)
Updated 01 August 2019

Indonesia says probing report of death of pregnant woman in Syrian camp

  • Hundreds of Indonesians are believed to have gone to join Daesh
  • Those who survived the conflict are mostly being held in camps in Syria

JAKARTA: Indonesia is investigating a report that a pregnant Indonesian woman who had joined Daesh died after allegedly being beaten and tortured in a refugee camp in Syria, a spokesman for the country’s foreign ministry said.
Hundreds of Indonesians are believed to have gone to join Daesh and those who survived the conflict are mostly being held in camps in Syria under Kurdish authorities.
The Indonesian government has floated plans to repatriate citizens from the war-torn country, and enrol them in deradicalization programs, but concerns remain they may bring violent, extremist ideology or combat skills with them.
Teuku Faizasyah, a spokesman for the Indonesian foreign ministry, said the embassy in Damascus was trying to verify a report carried in the Kurdish Hawar news agency that the woman, who was reportedly six months pregnant, had been beaten to death in the Al-Hol camp, which is home to thousands of refugees.
“The conflict and armed violence in Syria makes the verification process harder and complex,” he told Reuters in a text message.


Thailand confirms six more coronavirus infections, bringing total to 14

Updated 53 min 23 sec ago

Thailand confirms six more coronavirus infections, bringing total to 14

  • Five of the new cases came from Hubei province and are part of the same family
  • The Department of Disease Control will now scan all passengers from China

BANGKOK: Thailand on Tuesday confirmed six more cases of coronavirus among visitors from China, bringing the country’s total to 14 cases, a health official said.
Five of the new cases, aged 6 to 70 years, came from Hubei province and are part of the same family, the deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control, Tanarak Plipat, told reporters.
The other patient came from Chongqing, Tanarak added.
The department will now scan all passengers from China, said Public Health Permanent Secretary Sukhum Kanchanapimai.