A child walking past the debris of a destroyed building in Syria. Photo credit: Anadolu
252 Palestinian refugee children have been pronounced dead as a result of war-related incidents in the Syrian Arab Republic since the outburst of the bloody conflict in 2011 until February 2020.
A recent report by the London-based Action Group for Palestinians of Syria (AGPS) has pointed out that the list of casualties includes 129 children who died under shelling; 15 were fatally shot by snipers; 11 were gunned down; two children were tortured to death; 22 drowned at sea, and 26 others were killed in car blasts.
34 other children died due to the blockade and medical neglect. Another 12 minors died of other causes, including burns, suffocation, run-over accidents, and abduction.
AGPS said sworn affidavits by ex-detainees confirmed the presence of toddlers swung in their moms’ arms in Syrian prisons and whose fates have remained shrouded in mystery.
Thousands of children have also gone orphaned after they lost one or both of their parents in the deadly warfare.
According to the human rights watchdog, the warfare in Syria has had traumatic fallouts on Palestinian refugee children in and outside Syria. Post-traumatic stress disorders, mental psychosis, sleeplessness and nightmares, eating disorders, and intense fear have all been reported among Palestinian children in/from Syria.