Children Are Dying Before Our Eyes in Syria: UNICEF Chief
The Executive Director of UNICEF Henrietta H. Fore has expressed her deep concern over the continuing violence in Syria.
Reports suggest that another deadly chemical attack may have been carried out in Syria on Saturday in the town of Douma.
“I am particularly horrified by allegations of a chemical attack in Douma which has reportedly killed and injured scores of people, including children,” Fore stated.
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It is reported that there is no respite for the children of Syria. Shelling on Damascus City has reportedly led to civilian casualties and violence has resumed in the besieged enclave of Douma in Eastern Ghouta. The fatal attacks have damaged civilian infrastructure including health facilities.
“The children of Syria have witnessed and experienced unimaginable suffering over the past seven years. This can be stopped. It needs to stop now. Children are dying before our eyes,” Fore said.
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Chemical weapons are believed to have been employed by diverse parties to the conflict in Syria on at least 35 separate occasions since the beginning of 2013.
The prohibition on the use of chemical weapons has been supported by virtually every country and a total of 192 States have ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention, which entered into force in April 1997, making it one of the most universally subscribed to Conventions in existence.
Weapons of mass destruction, such as those utilized in Syria, have a devastating impact on the right to life, and cause grotesque pain and suffering.