Syria Refugee Toddler Dies in Lebanon Tent Fire

The child's parents were out working in fields at the time

A Syrian toddler died on Sunday when a fire ripped through the family tent in a refugee camp in southern Lebanon, a security official told AFP.

 

"Mahmoud al-Arfan, who was 18 months old, was burned alive when the tent where his family lived caught fire," the official said on condition of anonymity, adding his death had been confirmed.

 

The child was alone in the tent when a diesel-powered heater caught fire in a makeshift refugee camp on the road between the southern Lebanon towns of Ras al-Ain and Naqura.

 

His parents were out working in fields at the time.

 

Two young men who rushed to put out the flames suffered from burns and smoke inhalations.

 

The fire destroyed four of the 20 tents pitched in a field rented by the refugees themselves.

 

The toddler's parents are originally from Aleppo, in northern Syria, but have spent the past nine months in southern Lebanon.

 

Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer

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