Syrian government minister said Sunday that foreign fighters who have come to the country to wage jihad are responsible for the outbreak of polio in the rebel-controlled north. Last week, the United Nations health agency confirmed 10 polio cases in Syria, the first confirmed outbreak in the country in 14 years.
The confirmed cases are among babies and toddlers, all under 2, who were "under-immunized," according to the World Health Organization. Minister of Social Affairs Kindah al-Shammat told The Associated Press on Sunday that jihadis from Pakistan were to blame. (AP)