Over 1,000 Children Died in Syria in 2018

UN's Children Fund reported that 1,106 children were killed in 2018, making it the deadliest year for children since the war started

The IDP camp in Idlib's Qah Village after the air raids hit the area on Wednesday (11/20) night. (Anadolu Agency)

ACTNews, IDLIB - A total of 1,106 children have been killed in Syria in 2018, as told by The UN’s Children Fund this week, reported by VOANews, Thursday (11/21). 2018 WAS the deadliest year for the children since the war first erupted in Syria in 2011.

This year is no different. Recently, at least 12 people, including children, were reportedly killed when missiles hit a crowded IDP camp in Idlib Governorate, Wednesday (11/20) night. A nearby maternity hospital was damaged. Four aid workers were also injured.

Ahmet Zidan, a resident of the camp in Qah Village, Idlib, described the attack as genocide. "People fled in panic and others took refuge in the olive fields,” he said, as reported by Anadolu Agency

The attack is hit civilian homes and tents, as another refugee, Abu Ammar said. “Immediately after the attack, the tent camp, where about 500 families lived, was evacuated,” Ammar added.

In addition to the attack that took place in Wednesday, the security at Idlib has been worsened by the shooting incidents. Firdaus Guritno from the Global Humanity Response (GHR) - Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) team reported that three children who are the beneficiaries of ACT humanitarian programs had also fallen victims to the shootings.

"ACT's partner school in Syria lost three of its students. They were killed by the shootings, and 10 other students were injured. The school activities in our program implementation locations are now halted due to the difficult security condition. The camp is also evacuated for the danger of unexploded missiles. Children and women have been living in fear, "explained Firdaus. []