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Shamima Begum's baby has died, say Syrian Democratic Forces

Boy was apparently rushed to hospital with breathing difficulties and a lung infection

Shamima Begum went to Syria and married an ISIS militant. AFP 
Shamima Begum went to Syria and married an ISIS militant. AFP 

The baby son of a teenager, who was stripped of her British citizenship after joining ISIS in Syria, has died, the BBC reported on Friday citing a Syrian Democratic Forces spokesman.

Earlier on Friday, the lawyer acting for the family of ISIS fighter Shamima Begum had said there were "strong but unconfirmed" reports that her baby son had died.

Ms Begum, who is in a displacement camp in Syria, gave birth to her third child with Dutch ISIS fighter Yago Riedijk last month.

It was said that her son, Jarrah, named after one of her other two children who also died, passed away on Friday morning.

A medical source speaking to the BBC said the boy was rushed to hospital on Thursday morning with breathing difficulties and a lung infection.

"We have strong but as yet unconfirmed reports that Shamima Begums son has died. He was a British Citizen," her family's lawyer Tasnime Akunjee wrote on Twitter.

The 19 year old, who left her home in Bethnal Green, east London in 2015 with two other schoolgirls, had said she wanted to return to Britain.

She was stripped of her UK citizenship by British Home Secretary Sajid Javid, who had hinted that her baby son could move to Britain.

Mr Javid made the decision after receiving advice that Ms Begum could qualify for Bangladeshi citizenship. Officials in Dhaka have said they will not let her become a Bangladeshi national.

Last week, Mr Akunjee told The National that the teenager had left the Al Hawl camp in northern Syria with her baby after threats had been made against them.

He said he believed she had been moved to another camp near Syria's border with Iraq.

Updated: April 2, 2019 03:26 PM

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