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Blaming Javid for the baby's death, British journalist Ash Sarkar tweeted: "Whatever Shamima Begum may have done, her child was innocent and a British citizen". According to the BBC, a medical certificate listed his cause of death as pneumonia.

Begum was discovered last month in a refugee camp in Syria by a reporter with the UK-based newspaper, The Times, four years after she was last seen, aged 15, fleeing from her East London home.

Her family, who pledged to appeal against the decision, also wrote to Mr Javid pleading with him to allow a safe passage for the boy to come to the UK.

"Losing my children the way I lost them, I don't want to lose this baby as well and this is really not a place to raise children, this camp", Begum had told the BBC.

Diane Abbott, the shadow home secretary, said Jarrah's death was "a stain on the conscience of this government".

The teen, who has reportedly already lost two children, said she wanted to return to the United Kingdom, sparking outcry from many, and prompting the government to strip her British citizenship.

The International Rescue Committee today said that 12,000 women and children had arrived at the Kurdish-run Al-Hol camp since Wednesday.

Javid said it would have been very hard to arrange but repeated visits by foreign journalists to the displaced people's camp suggest it's a relatively secure location in Syria.

"The government will continue to do whatever we can to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and travelling to unsafe conflict zones", he said.

Knew risks’ Shamima Begum
Knew risks’ Shamima Begum

The family has expressed its own shock at her lack of repentance, but proceeded with a legal challenge to the government's move to strip Begum of citizenship.

"This was an entirely avoidable death of a British citizen", said Mr Babu.

Shamima Begum being interviewed by Sky News in northern Syria on February 17, 2019.

The SDF - an anti-IS group that controls the camp where Ms Begum now resides - confirmed the death earlier today (Friday 8 March).

"If the British Government has stripped her of her nationality, then another country should adopt her, any Muslim country".

Mr Hunt said the British boy's death was "an incredibly distressing and sad situation" but that it was too risky to dispatch officials to the war zone, adding that they are at a greater risk than the journalists who have interviewed her.

Interior minister Sajid Javid revoked her citizenship amid security fears, but has been criticised for not doing more to help her son.

The development comes after British officials ruled out any effort inside Syria to extract Shamima and her child.

Begum said that during her time with ISIS she was "just a housewife" and there was no evidence of her "doing anything unsafe".


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