The World Health Organization says about a third of those killed and wounded in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo have been children, and the toll is likely to increase as Russia reportedly readies to send more warplanes to Syria to ramp up its military campaign. Mana Rabiee reports.
Children caught in Syria’s crossfire
Even the rescuers are overwhelmed…
A one-month-old baby girl, pulled alive from the rubble in Idlib, where air raids in the area killed at least six people.
The story is no different in Aleppo.
The World Health Organization says hundreds of people – a third of them children – have been killed there in recent weeks.
The W-H-O’s head of humanitarian response, Rick Brennan, says — some 850 people are also injured — again, a third of them, children.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) WHO HEAD OF EMERGENCY RISK MANAGEMENT AND HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE, RICK BRENNAN, SAYING:
“Many of them have life-threatening injuries and need access to essential health care, so we appeal to those who have the power to make things happen, to let these people out.”
Syrian and Russian allied air strikes have intensified in Aleppo and some quarter of a million people are unable to evacuate.
Moscow is defying global censure over its escalation of the bombings.
But Russia is reportedly sending MORE warplanes to Syria to further ramp up its military campaign in support of Bashir al Assad’s regime.