AMMAN, 26 June 2016- According to UNICEF’s local partners in Syria, 25 children were reportedly killed yesterday in air-strikes on al-Quriyah town, in the eastern countryside of Deir-ez-Zor.
Three attacks reportedly hit heavily crowded areas including a mosque during prayer time. Health workers were reported to have pulled bodies of children out from under the rubble.
Amid an intensification of violence, attacks on children in Syria are becoming commonplace with callous disregard for the lives of children.
UNICEF and other humanitarian actors in Syria have called on all parties to the conflict to lift sieges and allow unconditional and sustained UN access to deliver humanitarian assistance without removals or restrictions. In Syria, the first round multi-antigen routine vaccination campaign has reached 475,549 children under one from Damascus, and 410,396 children through cross border immunization.
1.3 MILLION Hard to Reach locations
200,000 Children live in Besieged locations
26 Hard to Reach locations Reached
3 Besieged locations Reached
6 Watchlist locations Reached
Syria’s besieged children continue to suffer enormously. No child should have to endure this suffering
By Hiba Muhammad
On 18 May 2016, UNICEF delivered humanitarian assistance for the first time in four years to the besieged city of Harasta in Rural Damascus. Just 11km from Damascus, 17,000 people were trapped under siege in the once bustling commercial and industrial hub of east Ghouta.
by Kieran Dwyer
On 1 June, UNICEF delivered vaccines and health supplies to Darayya, and on 10 June, UNICEF delivered nutrition, health and education supplies to the community. The deliveries were part of two joint convoys with the United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. An estimated 4,000 people live in the besieged city, just seven km from the centre of Damascus.
DAMASCUS, 12 June 2016 – “According to reports, one child was killed and tens of others were injured in bombings yesterday near the Sayidda Zeinab shrine, south of Damascus. Today, at least five children were reportedly killed in attacks on a market in Idlib.
“This comes amid an increase in attacks on civilians in the past weeks where tens of children were reportedly killed.
AMMAN, 8 June, 2016 – “Everyone must question their humanity when babies have to be taken out of incubators because of attacks on hospitals.
“UNICEF confirms that three medical facilities were attacked in Aleppo today in the space of three hours. The al-Bayan and al-Hakeem hospitals, within a distance of 300 metres, and the Abdulhadi Fares clinic, all in the eastern part of the city were hit.
“The Al Hakim hospital, a UNICEF supported facility, is one of the few that still provide pediatric services. This is the second attack on the hospital.
Joint statement by Dr. Ala Alwan, WHO Regional Director, and Dr. Peter Salama, UNICEF Regional Director
AMMAN/CAIRO-2 June 2016, “As fighting and violence escalate across Syria, we risk losing the opportunity to vaccinate and save the lives of more than one million children.
“For example, due to the sharp increase in attacks on health personnel and facilities in Idleb, the immunization campaign in the city has been temporarily halted amid fears to the safety of health workers and the local population.
• In Syria UNICEF reached around 139,700 people in 31 hard to reach locations in April with life-saving interventions and critical services, as well as supplies for at least 94,000 beneficiaries in three of the 19 besieged areas.
By Shushan Mebrahtu
After several humanitarian aid convoys reached Madaya, residents of the besieged Syrian town are showing some signs of improvement. But limited access has left the makeshift hospital without professional health staff and supplies, while hundreds are still in need of urgent medical care.