Syrian Airstrikes Killed 995 Children In 9 Months

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Air strikes carried out by Syria's Assad regime forces targeting rebels in the last nine months have resulted in the death of nearly 1000 children, a UK-based monitoring group says.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday that it documented 26350 airstrikes carried out by the regime air force between 2014 October 20 and 2015 July 20, in which 4844 civilians, including 681 women and 995 children, were killed. Another 26000 civilians were wounded and dozens of thousands were displaced in aerial bombardment carried out by the government warplanes and helicopters.

The number of civilians killed in the attacks is more than that of rebel fighters and Islamic militants, the press release says.

The airstrikes targeted hundreds of villages and cities in Syria ranging from the province of al- Quneitera in the south of Syria to that of al- Hasakah in the northeast, and from Aleppo to the province of Daraa. Only the province of Tartous was spared from the airstrikes.

Warplanes carried out at least 12053 raids on areas in the provinces of Damascus, Rif Dimashq, Aleppo, Homs, Hama, al- Hasakah, Deir Ezzor, al- Raqqa, al- Quneitera, Daraa, al- Suwaydaa, Idlib and Latakia.

The explosive barrels and air raids also killed 2076 fighters from al- Nusra Front, Islamic State, rebel and Islamic battalions.

The report notes that the Syrian helicopters intensified and concentrated on using explosive barrels in the last six months despite the adoption of resolution 2139 by the UN Security Council.

SOHR renewed its appeal to the Security Council to use its power to stop the daily killing of the Syrian people and the destruction of the country's social structure.

The more than four years-old conflict in Syria has claimed the lives of over 230,000 people, it is estimated.

The prolonged fighting has wounded more than 1500,000 people, some of whom with permanent disabilities. It left hundreds of thousands children without parents, displaced more than half of the Syrian population and destroyed private and public properties as well as many cultural heritage sites of the Middle East Asian country.

The UN refugee agency said earlier this month that the number of people who have fled war and persecution in Syria and become refugees in neighboring countries have crossed four million, making the Syrian conflict the worst crisis for almost a quarter of a century.

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