Geneva, Switzerland - It was a deadly weekend for Syrian children when several were killed in targeted attacks on civilians in Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib. At least seven people were killed including four children this weekend.
Among the victims was an unborn baby which appeared to be full term. In addition, three young boys were playing outside, fell victim to an attack and were killed. A young girl was also wounded in an artillery attack that killed both of her parents.
Dr. Hussam Al Fakir, Chairman of UOSSM International said, “The image of the unborn baby is heartbreaking. For a mother to carry the child for months under the most challenging circumstances, only to loose it through a violent end is unbearably sad. We must stop destroying families and prevent the death of children. There is no possible justification for this and these acts are clear war crimes. We continue to see International humanitarian law and the international community fail unequivocally. History will record this. Our call is clear; stop targeting medical staff, stop attacking civilian areas indiscriminately. We call on all parties to the conflict to pursue peaceful resolutions."
** Image of unborn baby not distributed due to it's graphic nature
The top picture is of a young girl that was wounded in an attack that killed both of her parents. Middle: Two little boys that were pulled from the rubble from an attack. Bottom right: The three brothers that were killed as they were playing outside."
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