A general view shows snow covering the tents after a storm at a make-shift refugee camp near the village of Burayqah on the outskirts of southeastern Syrian border town of Quneitra on January 28, 2017. / AFP / MOHAMAD ABAZEED (Photo credit should read MOHAMAD ABAZEED/AFP/Getty Images)
I have seen anywhere from 9-15 deaths mentioned in various news sources so for this post, I am using an update from the UN News Centre that was posted 4 hours ago.
20 January 2018 – At least 13 Syrians, including two children, lost their lives to freezing temperatures in eastern Lebanon as they tried to enter the country from Syria, United Nations humanitarian agencies have reported.
“More children could be among the dead as residents in the area and the Lebanese authorities continue to look for people who are reportedly trapped in the mountains in freezing temperatures and snow,” said Geert Cappelaere, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, in a statement issued Saturday.
“Syrian people continue to risk their lives and the lives of their children in a desperate search for safety and shelter,” he added.
The tragic incident occurred during a storm Thursday night (18 to 19 January) near the Masna’ border between Lebanon and Syria. The victims were trying to cross an arduous and rugged passage.
According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), others in the group, including a pregnant woman, were discovered in time and assisted by nearby residents and the Lebanese Armed Forces and Civil Defense to reach hospitals before they froze to death.