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5 million Syrian children displaced, says United Nations

Geneva/Beirut: Warring parties in Syria have been targeting children for years, creating millions of underage victims who have been forced to flee and forfeit access to a proper education, UN rights investigators said on Thursday in Geneva.
In a report covering the conflict since 2011, the UN commission on Syria listed various violations against children, including bombings, gassing, rape and forced recruitment for war.
The UN human rights experts estimate that 2.6 million children are displaced within Syria, while 2.5 million have fled abroad as refugees.
“To date more than 2.1 million girls and boys within Syria have ceased to attend school on a regular basis,” the commission said, adding that tens of thousands have missed years of education.
Schools have been repeatedly targeted by pro-government forces. On January 1, at least eight civilians were killed in a rocket attack by Syrian government forces on a school in the opposition’s last stronghold of Idlib, activists reported. (DPA)