World Bulletin/News Desk
Leila Zerrougui, special representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict stated Monday it was UNbearable to observe Syrian children without legs, kidneys and pancreases, having their mothers sit beside them in hospitals.
“Officials and rebel commanders alike risk prosecution as war criminals for atrocities against minors.” Zerrougui said, “ I met parents whose children were killed in bombings, children who saw siblings die in front of them and teenagers who had fought with armed opposition groups.”
She said UN was verifying reports that armed groups were forcing some families to send their teenage children to war in exchange for protection. But many minors, Zerrougui said, were following relatives to war, making it important to convince commanders not to let such children join their ranks.
Saying Syrian government made a law to prevent child soldiers, Zerrougui stated however the children of opponents were imprisoned to cause pressure on families.
AroUNd 7,000 children UNder the age of 15 have been killed during the Syrian civil war. Half of the 1.7 million Syrian refugees are children, and within the coUNtry over 3 million children are in desperate need of humanitarian aid.
Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby downplayed any disconnect with the White House and said U.S. officials were constantly reviewing Syria options
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A perforation made in a subterranean water source during mining activities seemed to have caused the flooding
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A fire broke out at France's public radio headquarters in Paris, forcing live programmes off the air as staff evacuated the vast Paris complex where major building work has been underway
Rula Ghani, spouse of Afghanistan's new president Ashraf Ghani, have already critised some Islamic norms welcomed by Afghan society.
At least 300 ISIL militants were killed and scores of vehicles captured in clashes
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Erekat's statement came during a meeting with foreign officials in the West Bank city of Jericho
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The absence of the three Muslim leaders means that only the majority Orthodox Christian countries will be represented