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In 2017 it was the year in which more children died in Syria, since the outbreak of the conflict in 2011, with 50% more deaths than in 2016.
Children are the main victims of the war in Syria, where in the first two months of this year at least a thousand of them have been killed and injured, reported Monday (12.03.2018) the United Nations Children’s Fund ( Unicef).
In 2017 it was the year in which more children died in Syria, since the outbreak of the conflict in 2011, with 50% more deaths than in 2016, according to Unicef, although the humanitarian organization did not detail the death toll.
At a press conference in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, Unicef representatives said that 360 children were injured in 2017 and many of them suffered permanent injuries, such as the amputation of limbs by bomb explosions and other artifacts.
The UN agency warned that the number of wounded could be greater, because it has only been able to verify the above-mentioned cases, such as that of Sami, 14, from the Syrian city of Deraa and currently a refugee in Jordan. He lost both his legs by the impact of a projectile next to his house, according to a statement from Unicef.
Precisely, the use of explosive weapons and indiscriminate attacks against highly populated areas makes children a quarter of the dead in Syria, where three million children are threatened by mines and other explosive devices.
Next Thursday, it is the seventh anniversary of the outbreak of the war in Syria and according to the latest count of the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights at least 353,935 people have died during this time.