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Syria conflict: Children 'targeted by snipers'

Discussion in 'International Politics' started by Manmohan Yadav, Nov 24, 2013.

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  1. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    More than 11,000 children have died in Syria's civil war in nearly three years, including hundreds targeted by snipers, a new report says.

    Summary executions and torture have also been used against children as young as one, the London-based Oxford Research Group think tank says.

    The report says the majority of children have been killed by bombs or shells in their own neighbourhoods.

    It wants fighters trained in how not to put civilians' lives at risk.
    'Plea to all sides'

    Their report, Stolen Futures - the Hidden Toll of Child Casualties in Syria, examines data from the start of the conflict in March 2011 to August 2013.

    Of the 11,420 victims aged 17 and under, 389 were killed by sniper fire.

    Some 764 were summarily executed, and more than 100 - including infants - were tortured, the report says.

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    Boys outnumbered girls among the dead by around two to one. Boys aged 13 to 17 were most likely to be victims of targeted killings, the report says.

    The highest number of child deaths occurred in the governorate of Aleppo, where 2,223 were reported killed.

    Report co-author Hana Salama said that the way children are being killed is disturbing.

    "Bombed in their homes, in their communities, during day-to-day activities such as waiting in bread lines or attending school.

    "Shot by bullets in crossfire, targeted by snipers, summarily executed, even gassed and tortured," she said.The data was provided by Syrian civil society groups recording casualties.

    The report only considers the deaths of named victims, and only cases where the cause of death could be identified.

    But it stresses the figures are incomplete as access is impossible in some areas.

    The figures should be "treated with caution and considered provisional: briefly put, it is too soon to say whether they are too high or too low", the report says.

    The conflict in Syria has had a "catastrophic effect" on children in Syria, the report says, and calls for all sides to refrain from targeting civilians and buildings such as schools, hospitals and places of worship.

    Amongst its recommendations, the Oxford Research Group also calls for access and protection for journalists and others contributing to the recording of casualties.

    More than 100,000 people are estimated to have been killed in the conflict.

    More than two million Syrians have fled the country; around half of those are believed to be children.
     
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    Marqueur Peaceful Silence ELITE MEMBER

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    sick ... sick people !!!
     
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    And World powers want to fuel more civil war by arming the rebellions where this conflict is never gonna end.
     
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    the article does not clearly mention who is sniping ... whoever they are children are dying ... 11,420 victims aged 17 and under ... its a disgrace ... there is no place in this world where they can wash away these sins ... people who are doing in it and people who are helping them do it will rot in the deepest part of HELL !!!
     
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    Over 11,000 children killed in Syria war: Study

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    LONDON: More than 11,000 children have died in Syria's civil war, including 128 killed by chemical weapons in a notorious attack and hundreds targeted by snipers, a British think-tank said on Sunday.
    The Oxford Research Group, which specialises in global security, said in a new study that there were 11,420 recorded deaths of children aged 17 years and under.

    The report, entitled "Stolen Futures: The hidden toll of child casualties in Syria", analyses data from the beginning of the conflict in March 2011 until August 2013.

    The think-tank added that, of the 10,586 children whose cause of death was recorded, 128 were killed by chemical weapons in Ghouta, near Damascus, on August 21,2013, in an attack that the United States and other world powers blamed on President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

    Syria has since agreed to destroy its entire chemical weapons arsenal as part of a deal to head off US military strikes.

    The think-tank added on Sunday that 764 children were summarily executed and 389 were killed by sniper fire in the conflict.

    Explosive weapons have caused more than 70 percent of the child deaths, while small arms fire accounts for more than a quarter, according to the study.

    "What is most disturbing about the findings of this report is not only the sheer numbers of children killed in this conflict, but the way they are being killed," said report co-author Hamit Dardagan.

    "Bombed in their homes, in their communities, during day-to-day activities such as waiting in bread lines or attending school; shot by bullets in crossfire, targeted by snipers, summarily executed, even gassed and tortured.

    "All conflict parties need to take responsibility for the protection of children, and ultimately find a peaceful solution for the war itself."

    Oxford Research Group added that the number of boys killed outnumbered girls killed by a ratio of about two to one.

    Those children in older age groups were targeted more often than younger children. Boys aged between 13-17 years old were the most frequent victims of targeted killings.

    "The data we analysed indicates that bombs and bullets alone ended the lives of ten thousand Syrian children in 30 months of war," added Dardagan.

    "The world needs to take a much closer interest in the effects of the conflict on Syria's children."

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