Three Palestinian children killed in Syrian conflict

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UNRWA concerned about safety of Palestinian refugees in Syria

The ongoing conflict in Syria has claimed the lives of three Palestinian refugee children, according to the United Nations Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA).

The agency says the children were killed in the Damascus suburb of Yarmouk where there were several explosions which appeared to be caused by heavy weapons during the evening of 31 August.

Derrick Mbatha reports.

UNRWA says two of the Palestinian refugee children killed are reported to be 11 and 12 but it was not able to verify the age of the third child.

Other Palestinian refugees and Syrians suffered serious injuries and several homes were damaged.

UNRWA says it deplores what it describes as "the tragic deaths" of the children.

It says they illustrate a rising trend of conflict-related deaths in the community of Palestinian refugees in Syria.

The suburb of Yarmouk is home to approximately one million Syrians and over 150,000 Palestinian refugees.

The agency demands that all sides refrain from fighting in civilian areas and to comply with their obligations under international law.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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