UNICEF says 400 children killed in Syria

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At least 400 children have been killed in Syria over the past 11 months, according to the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF.

Many of the dead have been victims of the on-going fighting and violence in Syria.

UNICEF says it has credible information that up to 400 children are also being held in detention facilities inside Syria.

Executive director Anthony Lake is calling for an end to violence against children in Syria.

He is urging the Syrian government to allow humanitarian assistance to be delivered to those who need it.

Marixie Mercado is UNICEF's Spokesperson.

"There are reports of children being arbitrarily arrested, tortured and sexually abused while in detention. Over the past few days, reported heavy shelling by government forces of civilian neighbourhoods in the city of Homs is undoubtedly causing further suffering for more children. UNICEF does not have access to the affected areas of Homs and cannot confirm the impact of the attacks there, but there are credible reports, including from international media inside Homs, that children are caught in the violence. Those injured must be given immediate and unconditional access to specialized medical care."

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