U.N. Says At Least 10,000 Children Killed in Syria

Posted: February 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

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United Nations investigators have released a new report that documents grave abuse of children on all sides of the three-year civil war in Syria, estimating almost 10,000 killed in the fighting.

The report details how children have been recruited to fight with the opposition, used as civilian shields, tortured and sexually abused in government detention, and killed and maimed by the thousands. The U.N. estimates that more than 10,000 children have been killed since March 2011, and countless others have been injured from shelling, aerial bombardments and fighting on the ground.

“During the first two years of the conflict, the majority of incidents of killing and maiming of children were attributed to Government forces,” the report says. “However, mainly owing to increased access to heavy weapons and the use of terror tactics, armed opposition groups increasingly engaged in such acts during 2013.”

Among the prominent features of the conflict, the report says…

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