Children in Syrias war being killed at higher rate than in 2013

Syria - Children are being killed or maimed in Syrias civil war at a rate higher than five years ago, with the regimes barrel bomb attacks and air strikes among the largest cause of fatalities, said a UN Security Council report released Wednesday.

In all, investigators verified 12,537 grave violations against children, with all parties to the conflict guilty of breaching international law affecting minors. And with the conflict now in its eighth year boys and girls continue to be recruited for combat roles, including by the government.

The report, titled ‘Children and armed conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic’, covered the period between November 16, 2013 and the end of June this year. Intense fighting in that time as well as the plethora of countries and groups involved means the numbers are likely a gross underestimate, the UN said.

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