More than 11,000 children killed in Syria war


LONDON: More than 11,000 children have died in Syria’s civil war, including 128 killed by chemical weapons in a notorious attack and hundreds targeted by snipers, a British think-tank said Sunday.

The Oxford Research Group, which specialises in global security, said in a  new study that there were 11,420 recorded deaths of children aged 17 years and  under.

The report, entitled “Stolen Futures: The hidden toll of child casualties  in Syria”, analyses data from the beginning of the conflict in March 2011 until  August 2013.

The think-tank added that, of the 10,586 children whose cause of death was  recorded, 128 were killed by chemical weapons in Ghouta, near Damascus, on  August 21,2013, in an attack that the United States and other world powers  blamed on President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

Syria has since agreed to destroy its entire chemical weapons arsenal as  part of a deal to head off US military strikes. - AFP

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