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UNICEF: More than 40,000 children at risk in Syria's Raqqa

The United Nation's children agency is warning that the fight for the Islamic State group's stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria is threatening the lives of more than 40,000 children.   

Published: 09th June 2017 06:28 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th June 2017 06:28 PM   |  A+A-

Syrian residents of Khan Sheikhun hold placards and pictures on April 7, 2017 during a protest condemning a suspected chemical weapons attack on their town that killed at least 88 people. | AFP

By PTI

BEIRUT: The United Nation's children agency is warning that the fight for the Islamic State group's stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria is threatening the lives of more than 40,000 children.     

In a statement today, it says the violence has resulted in massive displacement in and around the city, with some 80,000 children now internally displaced and living in temporary shelters and camps.     

US-backed Syrian forces launched their attack on Raqqa earlier this week and US-led coalition airstrikes have intensified.     

"An estimated 40,000 children remain trapped in extremely dangerous conditions in Raqqa. Many are caught in the crossfire," said UNICEF regional director Geert Cappelaere.     

He called on all parties to provide safe passage to those wishing to leave the city.

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