35000 Iraqi Children Escape Mosul in 2 Months: UN
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) estimates that some 35000 children have escaped from Mosul since mid-October, when the Iraqi army launched a major offensive to retake the northern city from ISIS terrorists.
"Children are the innocent victims of any conflict and in this conflict are the most innocent victims," Peter Hawkins, the UNICEF Representative in Iraq, told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
He further expressed concern over the mental situation of the displaced Iraqi kids, saying that they're not smiling, they're sad.
Once Daesh is forced out of Mosul, it will be important to "invest in children's services so this war doesn't continue, Hawkins added.
The official did not provide the exact number of the children killed, but he said some of them had been targeted by snipers.
"We know that children who have been queuing up for water have been targets," he said, noting, "I saw a photograph of a child this morning who's been shot by a sniper queuing up for water."
The 35,000 children are among some 93,500 people who have fled Mosul since October 17, when Iraqi army troops and allied fighters began an operation to retake ISIS last major urban stronghold in the Arab country.
Mosul fell to Daesh in 2014, when the terror outfit began its campaign of death and destruction in parts of Iraq, Press TV reported.
Source: Al Alam