'No safe place left' for children in war-ravaged Aleppo, says senior UNICEF official
Dec.8, NY: Returning from a mission to Aleppo, a senior United Nations Children's Agency (UNICEF) official in Syria described “haunting images” of children killed by mortars and malnourishment, and said that the terrible situation “continues to plummet to even greater lows.”
“When I was there, nearly 100 mortars fell on west Aleppo in a couple of days [...] explosions lit up the night sky and the sounds of war reverberated across the city,” said Hannah Singer, the UNICEF Syria Representative, in a statement today.
“Even by Syrian standards, the recent bombardment and shelling have been the most intense in Aleppo,” she added.
She further said that some 31,500 people have been displaced from eastern Aleppo in recent days and that based on latest estimates, at least half of them seem to be children.
Painting a grave picture of the scene in eastern Aleppo's Hanano, a neighbourhood that was retaken by Government forces on 27 November, Ms. Singer said: “The destruction was massive. Unexploded ordnance scattered everywhere. Apartments were gutted, hospitals nearly destroyed and schools completely damaged except for two that could be rehabilitated.”
The Oslo Times International News Network