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10,000 children among Syria's war casualties

February 22, 2016

More than 10,000 children have been killed during the civil war in Syria, the apostolic nuncio in that country estimates.

Archbishop Mario Zenari told an Italian radio audience that civilians represent a high proportion of the 300,000 people who have died in the fighting. "Women and children are suffering the most," he said. 

The suffering of Syria's civilians is compounded because relief efforts have been thwarted, the archbishop added. "Yesterday I heard that humanitarian convoys had reached 80,000 people, but about 450,000 still live in besiege areas and more than 4 million are in areas that cannot be reached due to being between two armed forces."

"This massacre must cease," the Pope's envoy said.

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