Save the Children: "Attacks in Northern Syria killed 13 children in August"
Save the Children, an international NGO dedicated to the rights and interests of children worldwide, said in a recent report that an upsurge of violence in Northern Syria left 13 children dead and 27 children injured in August.
"In early August, two children were killed and at least five others injured in two separate attacks in Qamishli and Tell Rifat towns respectively, and on 16 August, one child was killed in rural Kobani, all in northern Syria" the NGO said.
"On 19 August, six children were killed in an attack on a marketplace in the town of Al Bab in Northwest Syria and on the same day, four girls were killed and 11 injured in a drone strike in North East Syria. On 22 August, there were more than 10 airstrikes in Idlib, North West Syria, followed by two children injured in the attack in Tell Rifat on 24 August."
"Further military actions risk displacing thousands of children and their families, leaving them without shelter, food or safety."
Beat Rohr, Save the Children’s Interim Response Director for Syria, said:
“Save the Children is appalled at this latest escalation in violence, which clearly shows that children in Syria are still not safe. Children should never have to worry about being attacked, whether at home, at a market or when they go outside to play. And yet, that is precisely what children across northern Syria are facing, nearly 12 years after the beginning of the conflict. We urgently call on all parties to the conflict to de-escalate tensions and to take all possible steps to keep children safe from harm. No child should ever be in the firing line.”