Almost 100 children killed in Aleppo since Friday, UNICEF says

Almost 100 children have been killed, and 223 have been injured amid intense fighting that has gripped the Syrian city of Aleppo since Friday, according to UNICEF.

The children of Aleppo are “trapped in a living nightmare,” said Justin Forsyth, deputy executive director of the UN organization, in a statement on Wednesday. “There are no words left to describe the suffering they are experiencing.”

UNICEF says 96 children have been killed in Aleppo since Friday. Pro-government forces, backed by Russia, on Thursday launched a massive assault to retake the city from Syria’s rebels, following the collapse of a ceasefire.

Nine children were killed Tuesday during airstrikes on the rebel-held al-Shaar and al-Mashad neighbourhoods, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict.

UNICEF repeated warnings that the city has only about 30 doctors left to care for the estimated 250,000 civilians caught in its rebel-held areas.

“Children with low chances of survival are too often left to die” because of limited resources, the group said.

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