Children in need of urgent medical care were among more than 1,400 Palestinian refugees still stranded on the Iraqi- Syrian border after fleeing Baghdad, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said Tuesday.
Two children needed cancer treatment, one young man was about to lose a leg because of a blood disorder, and another needed lifesaving surgery for a hole in his heart, UNHCR medical teams found on a visit to the al-Waleed camp.
Canada was the only country so far to have responded to appeals to accept the refugees, none of whom felt they could return to Baghdad.
'We seem to be a voice in the wilderness that nobody is listening to,' said UNHCR spokeswoman Jennifer Pagonis. 'Conditions for these refugees are deteriorating by the day.'
It was impossible to provide proper medical care in the snake- and scorpion-infested border camp without proper access to clean water, sanitation and shelter.
Last week a group of armed men had demanded supplies from the refugees.
UNHCR repeated appeals to the international community to help the 15,000 Palestinians still left in Iraq.
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