BEIRUT — The U.N. children's agency warned on Friday that millions of Syrian children face a "high risk" of disease due to the scarcity of clean water and the scorching summer heat.
Syria's civil war, now in its fifth year, has damaged much of the country's infrastructure and killed more than 220,000 people. Millions are displaced within the country, forced to live in crowded and dirty conditions. Water cuts are common throughout Syria.
UNICEF said that since the beginning of 2015, Syria has reported 105,886 cases of acute diarrhea. There has also been a sharp increase in cases of Hepatitis A, with a record number of 1,700 new cases reported in one week alone in February, the agency said.
"The situation is alarming, particularly for children who are susceptible to water borne diseases," said Hanaa Singer UNICEF's Representative in Syria. "Water has become even more scarce and unsafe, and poor hygiene conditions especially among the displaced communities are putting more children at seve...