Diane Abbot Denounces 'Shameful' Sajid Javid Over Death Of Shamima Begum's Baby

Shamima Begum was stripped of her British citizenship after fleeing the UK to join the Islamic State terror group in Syria aged 15

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.

The baby died of pneumonia, according to a medical certificate, the BBC reported on Friday.

Upon hearing the news, UK Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott slammed Sajid Javid for behaving "shamefully", saying that he was responsible for the boy's death.

"It is against worldwide law to make someone stateless, and now an innocent child has died as a result of a British woman being stripped of her citizenship".

Her family, who vowed to appeal against Mr Javid's decision, had also written to the Conservative minister, pleading with him to allow a safe passage for the boy to come to the UK.

In this file photo taken on February 22, 2015 Renu Begum, eldest sister of missing British girl Shamima Begum, holds a picture of her sister while being interviewed by the media in central London.

They deny the government's claims that Begum, like her mother, is a Bangladesh national.

Almost 100 children have died en route or shortly after arriving at al-Hawl refugee camp in northern Syria due to a lack of food, water and health care, according to the International Rescue Committee, which says the situation there has reached a "breaking point".

A United Kingdom government spokesperson said the death of any child was "tragic and deeply distressing for the family". "I am willing to change", she said, following the revocation of her citizenship.

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

She said she had been living with her husband, a Dutch IS fighter, in IS's last stronghold and had previously lost two children, blaming the inhospitable conditions.

Last month, Mr Javid confirmed the boy was a British citizen and said he had considered the child's interest when deciding to revoke Ms Begum's citizenship.

But the spokesperson added the UK Foreign Office "has consistently advised against travel to Syria" since 2011.

"Shamima knew when she made the decision to join Daesh that she was going to a country where there was no embassy, where there was no consular assistance. I think it's shocking how the home secretary has treated this situation".

Shamima Begum's new born son has died in a displaced people's camp in northern Syria.

"He was a British citizen", Akunjee stated on Twitter.

In an interview with a reporter from the Times of London, who found her in the Syrian camp, she said she wanted to return home in large part because of her son's health. "This is callous and inhumane", tweeted Abbott. "This is a reminder of why it is so, so unsafe for anyone to be in this war zone".

She had sought to return to Europe with her third child, who was born about three weeks ago.

Begum told ITV that it was "kind of heartbreaking to read" a copy of the letter, calling the move "hard to swallow" and "a bit unjust on me and my son".

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