Save the Children says 1 mn Syrian children without aid

Says 37 civilians killed daily, healthworker hit every 3 days

13 March, 11:04

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, MARCH 12 - Save the Children said in a report on the 7th anniversary of the Syrian civil war that at least 37 civilians are killed every day in Syria's so-called "de-escalation zones" - Idlib and Eastern Ghouta - where it said two million people, half of whom are children, have been prevented from receiving aid.

    It said an ambulance is attacked every two days and a healthcare worker is attacked once every three days.

    Civilian victims of explosives across the country have risen by 45% following the announcement of the de-escalation zones, where bombings were not supposed to take place and where there was supposed to be free access to humanitarian aid.

    The organisation said there are six million internally displaced people in Syria.

    It said in the last quarter of 2017, more than a million people fled their homes, with a 60% increase since the announcement of the creation of the de-escalation zones.

    Save the Children said in Eastern Ghouta, childhood malnutrition is at its highest level since the start of the Syrian war, almost six times the level of one year ago.

    At least one child in four is malnourished and more than a third of children have stunted growth.

    In addition, it said there is an educational emergency, with about 43% of schools in Syria no longer operating.

    In Eastern Ghouta, more than 60 schools were hit by bombardments in the first months of 2018, at least 18 were razed to the ground, and more than 57,000 students have been forced to interrupt their studies or abandon school altogether.(ANSAmed).

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