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Large number of children among latest Syrian airstrike casualties

By Jay Jackson, Kuwait News
09 Jul 2019, 06:15 GMT+10

GENEVA, Switzerland - More than twenty civilians have been killed in yet another airstrike in Syria.

Reports says government forces carried out the attack on Saturday in the outskirts of Idlib, in the northwest of the country.

According to the UN Children's Fund UNICEF, at least seven children were among the dead.

The airstrike involving missiles and barrel bombs targeted displaced civilians seeking refuge in the village of Mhambel.

"This latest outrage adds to the mounting child casualties caused by intensifying violence over the past few weeks, including in Al Wadihi, southern Idlib, northern Aleppo and northern Hama," UNICEF chief, Henrietta Fore, said in a statement released on Sunday.

At least 140 children have been killed in northwest Syria since the start of this year.

"The obvious disregard for the safety and well-being of children evident in these attacks is appalling," Ms. Fore added: "My heart breaks for the young lives lost and for all the children in the area who remain in harm's way."

The UNICEF Executive Director "strongly and unequivocally" urged the parties to the conflict and those who have influence over them "to ensure that children in the northwest and across the country are protected from the ongoing violence."

(Photo credit: Syrian Civil Defence White Helmets).

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