UNITED NATIONS - A UN envoy says the United Nations has verified that more than 7,000 children have lost their lives or been injured in the Syrian conflict since 2013 -- and cites unverified reports putting the number "way beyond 20,000."
Virginia Gamba, who focuses on children in conflict, told the Security Council Friday that since the beginning of 2018, the UN has verified over 1,200 violations against children.
These include more than 600 children killed or maimed and over 180 recruited or used by government forces or armed groups, she said.
Gamba said the first quarter of 2018 saw a 348 percent increase in killing and maiming of children compared to the previous quarter.
She also said the detention of children for alleged association with armed forces and groups "has exponentially increased."