Number of child victims in Syria reaches "hundreds"

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Radhika Coomaraswamy

Authorities in Syria have been urged to stop the killing and maiming of children.

The call has come from the UN's expert on Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, following another violent day in Syria.

Charles Appel reports.

The number of child victims in Syria has climbed into the "hundreds" and the rate is increasing, according to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.

Radhika Coomaraswamy says the situation is particularly harrowing in Homs where reports of the killing of children and shelling of civilian infrastructure, including hospitals, are received daily.

The violations committed against children are not restricted to killing and maiming, she adds.

Torture has also reportedly resulted in some child deaths.

Coomaraswamy has warned the Syrian government that attacks on schools and hospitals count among the six grave violations against children defined by the Security Council in 2005.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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