UNHCR mourns seven Syrian refugees who died in fire in Jordan

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A Syrian refugee prepares coffee in housing near the Jordanian town of Ramtha where, the tragic fire took place.

Seven Syrian refugees, six of them children, died when their temporary housing in Jordan caught fire on Wednesday night, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reports.

UNHCR says the victims, all members of the same family, had been sleeping in prefabricated housing at a transit centre in the border town of Ramtha which is home to 900 Syrian refugees.

Four survivors were rushed to the nearest hospital where they are being treated for burns and smoke inhalation.

UNHCR has expressed sadness at the death of the refugees, describing the loss as "heartbreaking" for the humanitarian community in Jordan.

The agency says initial investigations indicate the fire was started by a kerosene heater.

Meanwhile, the UN children's agency (UNICEF) says severe winter weather in the Middle East continues to have an impact on thousands of Syrian children in refugee camps across the region.

It says conditions such as heavy rain, snow and sub-zero temperatures in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq have greatly worsened the situation of hundreds of thousands of children displaced by the conflict in their homeland.

Dianne Penn, United Nations Radio.

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