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‘Half of Aleppo casualties are children’

September 26, 2016 at 10:22 am

Save the Children said in a statement on Sunday that its humanitarian partners in Aleppo have revealed that approximately half of the victims who are being pulled from the rubble or treated in hospitals are children.

The statement, which was received by Sky News Arabia, added that 43 per cent of the injured yesterday were children. Despite the efforts of doctors and medical staff to save them, children are dying on hospital floors due to critical shortages of basic medicines and medical supplies, including ventilators, anaesthetics and antibiotics.

Of the 67 patients who went into one hospital yesterday, said Dr Abu Rajab, 29 were children. Five children died because the hospital did not have enough ventilators to treat them.

The organisation said that aid agencies estimate that there are 100,000 children trapped in eastern Aleppo due to the siege which was imposed last June.