Sajid Javid insists death of Shamima Begum’s baby is her sole responsibility

Sajid Javid insists death of Shamima Begum's baby is her sole responsibility

Shamima Begum bears sole responsibility for the death of her newborn son, the Home Secretary has said.

Sajid Javid rejected arguments from both Conservative and Labour MPs that Britain could have helped save the jihadi bride’s child, who was a British citizen.

Taking questions on the case in the Commons, he warned those who expressed doubts about the threat posed by Miss Begum: “No one should make a judgment on the threat of foreign terrorist fighter poses based on their gender.”

He insisted there was no way officials could have provided any assistance to the baby because of the lack of consular presence in Syria, despite several MPs noting that many journalists, medics and aid agencies managed to travel “backwards and forwards to these camps all the time”.  

Miss Begum, 19, who fled the family home in Bethnal Green, east London, to join Islamic State in Syria four years ago, is currently living at the Roj refugee camp on the Iraqi border.

Her son, Jarrah, who was not yet three weeks old, was buried at the camp last week after he contracted a lung infection.

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