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25 Children Killed By Airstrikes In Syria Over The Weekend: UNICEF

Dozens of adults also perished in the attacks.

27/06/2016 5:37 PM AEST | Updated 27/06/2016 5:37 PM AEST
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Twenty-five children were reportedly killed in air strikes that hit heavily crowded areas in a town in eastern Syria, the United Nations children's agency (UNICEF) has said.

Quoting reports from its local partners in Syria, UNICEF said health workers were reported to have pulled bodies of children from under rubble in the town of al-Quria in Deir al-Zor province, which is mostly under Islamic State control.

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As Syrian and Russian airstrikes hit towns in rebel-controlled areas, children suffer injuries, loss and sometimes, death. Over the weekend, these attacks claimed 25 more children's lives.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group reported on Saturday that air strikes carried out by Syrian or Russian warplanes killed dozens of people in al-Quria.

Deir al-Zor province links Islamic State's de facto capital in the Syrian city of Raqqa with territory it controls in Iraq.

"Three attacks reportedly hit heavily crowded areas including a mosque during prayer time," UNICEF said in a statement. "UNICEF deplores these attacks and calls on all parties to the conflict to keep children out of harm’s way."

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