British ISIS bride Shamima Begum’s newborn son has died in Syria

British ISIS bride Shamima Begum’s newborn son has died in Syria

Begum is now believed to be in a refugee camp closer to the Iraqi border after being removed from the Al-Hol camp in the north of Syria due to alleged threats following the worldwide media attention she attracted.

Begum left Britain at age 15 to join the Islamic State and made headlines last month when she sought to return to Britain at age 19 to give birth to Jarrah.

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".

When Begum first started speaking to reporters more than three weeks ago, she said the first two children she had given birth to since joining the extremist group had died of malnutrition and other ailments.

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.

Ms Begum sparked outrage in February after telling the media that she did not regret her decision to travel to Syria and that she was unfazed by the sight of severed heads.

Earlier, the Bangladeshi-origin girl's family lawyer had stated on Twitter that they had received unconfirmed reports from within her refugee camp in the Middle East that her baby had passed away.

"When this issue started I said, at the time, I thought she should be allowed to come to this country [the UK] for the sake of the child and the woman should face trial".

Dal Babu, a former Metropolitan Police chief superintendent and friend of Begum's family, told BBC Newsnight on Friday: "We've failed, as a country, to safeguard the child".

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

CCTV of Shamima Begum leaving at Gatwick Airport in 2015
Camera IconCCTV of Shamima Begum leaving at Gatwick Airport

She had already lost two children.

On Saturday, Mr Javid was criticised by shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, who said the child died as a result of Ms Begum's citizenship being revoked.

He told the Commons Home Affairs Committee it would be "incredibly difficult" to facilitate the return of a baby from Syria.

The 52-year-old continued that the Foreign Office had not sent officials to Syria because "we have to think about the safety of the British officials that I would send into that war zone as a representative of the Government".

Begum, now staying at a refugee camp in Syria, has voiced a desire to come back to the United Kingdom, but the Home Office has been unwilling to authorise her return.

"The Government will continue to do whatever we can to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and travelling to unsafe conflict zones". "This is callous and inhumane".

He added that "sadly" in the case of Jarrah "it wasn't possible".

Jeremy Hunt revealed officials are working to rescue children born to rescue British children born to women who joined ISIS.

"I just want forgiveness really, from the United Kingdom", she told the BBC's Middle East correspondent Quentin Sommerville last month.

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