‘Syria war: 2016 deadliest year yet for children’
International Desk:Syria's children “hit rock bottom” in 2016, with more killed than in any other year of the civil war, the United Nations children's organization says.
Unicef said, at least 652 children died – 255 of them in or near a school – last year, a 20% jump from the number killed during 2015.
The figure includes only officially-verified deaths, meaning the number could be far higher. Unicef believes more than 850 children were recruited to fight in 2016.
The number is double that of 2015, the report states. Those recruited growingly found themselves on the frontline or, in extreme cases, used as executioners, suicide bombers or prison guards.
“The depth of suffering is unprecedented,” said Geert Cappelaere, Unicef regional director for the Middle East and North Africa speaking from Homs, Syria. “Millions of children in Syria come under attack on a daily basis, their lives turned upside down.”