Shamima Begum's baby son may have died says family's lawyer

'Strong reports' IS teen bride's baby has died

Jarrah was reportedly born healthy but started to develop breathing difficulties and was taken to hospital on Thursday, a paramedic working with the Kurdish Red Crescent told BBC News.

The Begum family's lawyer, Tasnime Akunjee, said he had received confirmation that the child, who was only a few weeks old, had died and that Begum's relatives were devastated upon hearing the news.

The 19-year-old travelled to Syria from the United Kingdom with two of her friends in 2015 to join the terror group in Raqqa.

Begum had already lost two other children, and named Jarrah after her first-born son at the request of her terrorist husband Yago Riedijk, who she married in 2015.

A British government spokesman said: "The death of any child is tragic and deeply distressing for the family".

After the Bangladeshi government claimed she was not a Bangladeshi citizen, she said she had no desire to go to the country.

"My number one job is to do whatever I can to keep this country safe", Mr Javid had said last month when announcing the revocation of citizenship.

Mustafa Bali was quoted as saying by news agencies on Friday that Shamima Begum's infant had died at a camp in north Syria.

"We further understand that indeed she and her child had been threatened by others at the Al-Hol camp".

Begum, 19, and her son - who was born in February - have been living at a Syrian refugee camp after she had her British citizenship stripped.

Begum's family has denied she is a dual citizen and said it plans to challenge the UK's decision.

The letter asked Begum's family to make her aware of the decision and of her right to appeal.

They also pointed out that Shamima Begum does not have the relevant paperwork to reside there.

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.

"If it is possible somehow for a British child to be brought to a place where there is a British consular presence, the closest place - it might be Turkey for example - in those circumstances I guess potentially it is possible to arrange for some sort of help with the consent of the parent", he added.

'Inside Syria, whether in a camp or maybe somewhere else, there is no British consular presence'.

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