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JEREMY HUNT has said it would have been too risky for United Kingdom officials to rescue jihadi bride Shamima Begum's baby son, who has died in war-torn Syria. "Sadly in this case, as we know, it wasn't possible", he added.

The 19-year-old had controversially said she wanted to return to the United Kingdom after feeling to Syria at the age of 15.

According to a medical report, the baby - who was merely three weeks old - died of pneumonia.

"It's a two-way thing, really", she told the BBC, adding that the suicide bomber that killed 22 civilians at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester was a "kind of retaliation" for bombardments of ISIS-held enclaves, adding, "So I thought, ok, that is a fair justification".

Following the decision of revoking Begum's citizenship, her family moved to the home secretary asking to change the decision and help them in bringing the baby to the country.

She had asked to return to Britain with her baby, after her two other children died under IS rule.

After leaving the United Kingdom, she married Yago Riedijk, a Dutch ISIS fighter who is being held in a Kurdish detention centre in north-eastern Syria.

Quoting legal sources, the paper named the women as Reema Iqbal, 30, and her sister Zara, 28, whose parents are originally from Pakistan.

A United Kingdom government spokesperson said: "The death of any child is tragic and deeply distressing for the family".

Mr Javid had confirmed Jarrah was a British citizen and said at the time that he had considered the child's interest when deciding to revoke Ms Begum's citizenship.

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

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.

But Javid's decision to revoke her citizenship, deeming her a security risk, drew mixed reactions.

Head of policy, advocacy and campaigns at the charity Save the Children Kirsty McNeill said, "all children associated with IS are victims of the conflict and must be treated as such". She is a product of her society ... and I think we had a moral responsibility to her and her baby, Jarrah.

A mass exodus from the jihadists' last redoubt in eastern Syria has sparked a humanitarian emergency, as the SDF leads an offensive to smash the last remnants of the IS territory.

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

Javid has previously said that more than 100 individuals had already been deprived of their British citizenship.


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