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Children clear rubble from their home in the village of Al-Nayrab in Syria's northwestern Idlib province, Wednesday, May 6.

Mohammad al-Sakhour and his family returned to their partially destroyed home, which they left to flee a Russian-backed regime offensive.

They returned home from a displacement camp in northeastern Syria out of fear the crowded conditions in the camp would provide ripe for the spread of the coronavirus.

Northeast Syria is home to tens of thousands of refugees and internally displaced persons, many of them crowded into packed detention camps since the defeat of Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate and gripped by fear as the virus has spread around the world.

The U.S. sent $1.2 million in medical supplies and other assistance to the coalition-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in early April, hoping that will help mitigate the spread of the virus.

Aid from other sources, such as the United Nations, has had a hard time reaching northeast Syria, and the U.S. has accused Russia of blocking aid convoys.

(AFP/VOA)

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