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United Kingdom studying how to get children of IS followers out of Syria

United Kingdom studying how to get children of IS followers out of Syria

Begum surfaced in a Syrian refugee camp following her escape from the collapsing ISIS "caliphate" and has pleaded to be allowed to return.

The baby, named Jarrah and just over two weeks old, died of pneumonia, according to a medical certificate, the US-backed SDF forces running the camp where the 19-year-old was based said on Friday.

Shamima Begum's father has apologised to the British public for his daughter's decision to join the Islamic State group in Syria.

Found in a refugee camp in February, an unrepentant Begum sparked a debate in Britain and other European capitals as to whether a teenager with a jihadist fighter's child should be left in a war zone to fend for herself.

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said the child had died as a result of the "callous and inhumane" decision to strip Ms Begum of her citizenship while Tory MP and former justice minister Phillip Lee urged the government to "reflect" on its "moral responsibility" for the tragedy. Speaking on a television show, Hunt said, "we have to think about the safety of the British officials that I would send into that warzone".

Shamima Begum recently had her United Kingdom citizenship revoked for leaving Britain to become a jihadi bride.

Javid said that Begum's son was a British citizen, but it would have been "incredibly difficult" to facilitate a child's return from Syria.

"I'm scared this baby is going to get sick in this camp", she told the newspaper.

She later said she regretted talking to the media and was moved to another location in Syria after she and her child received threats in the refugee camp.

"The death of any child is tragic and deeply distressing for the family".

CCTV of Shamima Begum leaving at Gatwick Airport in 2015
Camera IconCCTV of Shamima Begum leaving at Gatwick Airport

"It is possible the death of this baby boy and others could have been avoided", said the group's Syria response director, Sonia Khush.

"We failed to safeguard her and now we have failed, as a country, to safeguard a child - a totally innocent British subject".

A spokesman for the Home Office told CNN that the Home Secretary can deprive someone of their British citizenship "where it would not render the individual stateless".

The spokesman said the government had consistently advised against travelling to Syria and would "continue to do whatever we can to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and travelling to unsafe conflict zones".

Shamima Begum's new born son has died in a displaced people's camp in northern Syria.

The Home Office said, however, it does not comment on individual cases.

However, when questioned along similar lines by Andrew Marr, Mr Hunt replied that "sending a British Government official into a war zone where you're getting advice that those officials' lives may be put at risk is a very different matter".

"The government will continue to do whatever we can to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and traveling to risky conflict zones".

Begum told ITV that it was "kind of heartbreaking to read" a copy of the letter, calling the move "hard to swallow" and "a bit unjust on me and my son".

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