Syria, Save the Children says 61 children killed in Idlib

Forced to flee, families weren't even able to bury them

05 June, 16:24

    ROME - A total of 61 children have thus far been killed in Idlib following an escalation of violence in northwest Syria since the beginning of May, while more than 300,000 people have been forced to flee their homes to escape fighting, said Save the Children in a statement.

    It said families who saw their children die weren't even able to bury them due to the continuous attacks.

    Of the 61 children killed in the last two months in Idlib, 11 were at school, 25 were at home, 10 were at the market, two were in a refugee camp, one boy died during a bombing that hit a hospital where he was being treated, and another died following contact with a hidden unexploded device, according to Hurras Network, Save the Children's local partner.

    The UN said recent violence in Idlib has caused between 160 and 300 civilian deaths.

    Since the start of May in northern Hama and southern Idlib, 35 schools have been damaged, and it is estimated that 700,000 school-aged children are currently in need of educational support.

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