Children in Aleppo trapped in "living nightmare" - UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth

NEW YORK, Sept. 28, 2016 /CNW/ - At least 96 children have been killed and 223 have been injured in Eastern Aleppo since Friday, UNICEF said.

"The children of Aleppo are trapped in a living nightmare," said UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth. "There are no words left to describe the suffering they are experiencing."

The health system in Eastern Aleppo is crumbling with some 30 doctors left, hardly any equipment or emergency medicine to treat the injured, and an ever increasing number of trauma cases.

A doctor on the ground told UNICEF that children with low chances of survival are too often left to die due to limited capacity and supplies.

"Nothing can justify such assaults on children and such total disregard for human life. The suffering – and the shock among children – is definitely the worst we have seen."

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SOURCE UNICEF Canada

Image with caption: "On 13 September, as the city of Aleppo experienced relative calm, UNICEF teams joined an interagency mission to conduct rapid assessments of the humanitarian needs of displaced families. (CNW Group/UNICEF Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160928_C3775_PHOTO_EN_783966.jpg

For further information: To arrange interviews or for more information please contact: Stefanie Carmichael, UNICEF Canada, 416-482-6552 ext. 8866, 647-500-4320 (mobile), scarmichael@unicef.ca

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