The United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF has warned that children in the Iraqi city of Mosul bear much of the burden of the war between the US-backed Iraqi government forces and the terrorist group DAESH (” Islamic State “) in the western part of the city, Associated Press reports.
In a statement released earlier today, the UNICEF representative Peter Hawkins said the agency was receiving “alarming information” about killed civilians, including children, while others have died on the cross-fire path as they were trying to escape. Hawkins has not indicated a specific number of killed children. According to him, 100,000 girls and boys are still in the Old City – controlled by DAESH and in other areas living in extremely dangerous conditions. He called on the warring parties to “protect children and to protect them from injury at any time, in accordance with their humanitarian obligations.”