Syria offensive leaves 55,000 children without aid

BEIRUT - An estimated 55,000 Syrian children are cut off from aid and risk starvation after an offensive by President Bashar Assad triggered the single biggest displacement of the bloody seven-year war, humanitarian organisations said on Thursday.


Government forces backed by Russian air power have swept through southwestern Syria in the last month in one of the swiftest campaigns of a war estimated to have killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced 11 million.


The offensive has put an estimated 55,000 children in al-Quneitra province near the border with the Israeli Golan Heights at risk of death without life-saving aid, said the United Nations children's agency (UNICEF).


"This is life or death for these children - they are being subjected to air strikes, barrel bombs and being cut off from humanitarian aid," said Caroline Anning spokeswoman for the charity Save the Children by phone from Amman, Jordan.



פרסום ראשון: 07.19.18, 22:11