The World Health Organization (WHO) and the UNICEF called for international action in response to explosive hazards in Syria where at least 910 children were killed by explosive devices in 2017.
"More than 8 million people are exposed to explosive hazards in Syria, including over 3 million children," the WHO and the UNICEF said in a joint statement on Wednesday.
At least 910 children were killed and 361 children were maimed in Syria in 2017, including by explosive remnants of war and victim-activated improvised explosive devices, WHO and UNICEF said.
00:44 dk 04 Nisan 2018 Yeni Şafak Almost 1,241 civilians killed in Syria in March
According to report by the Syrian Network of Human Rights (SNHR), at least 1,241 civilians were killed in March 2018, including 1,006 who were killed at the hands of Syrian and Russian forces. Among them were 203 children and 186 women.
1,000 children were reportedly killed or injured in intensifying violence in the first 2 months of 2018 alone, they said.
Noting about the situation in Raqqah city where an estimated 200,000 people have returned to the city and outskirts since last October, the statement said: "These families are at tremendous risk of being killed or maimed by explosive hazards that litter the city."
At least 658 people were reportedly injured and more than 130 killed by landmines, booby traps and unexploded ordnance in Raqqa city from 20 October 2017 to 23 February 2018, the statement added.
Pakistani aid group donates 30 ambulances to Syria
Pakistan-based Baitussalam Welfare Trust will donate 30 ambulances to support humanitarian efforts in Syria, the charity group said on Wednesday.The trust said in a statement that its second shipment of seven ambulances had reached Turkey.In late March, the trust sent eight ambulances that are expected to reach Turkey's Mersin port next week.The trust has been working in close cooperation with Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), Turkiye Diyanet Foundation and Turkish Red Crescent.“So far, eight vehicles have been delivered to Turkey, seven vehicles are being shipped, and 15 more will be dispatched as soon as circumstances allow,” it said.All the shipments are being done from a port in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, it added.
Turkey, Iran and Russia vow to speed up efforts for 'calm' in Syria
In a joint declaration Wednesday after a tripartite summit on Syria in the Turkish capital Ankara, the Turkish, Russian and Iranian presidents stressed their joint resolve to oppose separatism as well as the use of terrorism as an excuse for changing Syria.The statement said the leaders “reject all attempts to create new realities on the ground under the pretext of combating terrorism.”It added that they “expressed their determination to stand against separatist agendas aimed at undermining Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as the national security of neighboring countries.”Erdoğan: Main aim of tripartite summit is to rebuild Syria The leaders of Turkey, Iran and Russia said they were determined to speed up efforts to ensure "calm on the ground" in Syria, and to protect civilians in "de-escalation areas."The closed-door meeting among Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani started at 13.32 p.m. local time (1032GMT) and lasted around one hour and 40 minutes.The statement also took note of developments on Syria since their last meeting last November in Sochi.The first such tripartite summit was held in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi on Nov. 22 to discuss progress made in the Astana peace talks and changes in Syria’s de-escalation zones.Galeri: Turkey-Russia-Iran Tripartite summit
Erdoğan: Main aim of tripartite summit is to rebuild Syria
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Wednesday that the main aim of the tripartite summit between Turkey, Russia and Iran was to rebuild Syria.Speaking at a joint conference alongside the Russian and Iranian presidents on the margins of the summit hosted by Ankara, Erdoğan stressed that all three nations are going to work together to make Tal Rifaat habitable again for Syrians.“All regions occupied by the PYD/YPG will be rendered safe. Our fight against PYD/YPG terrorists is not preventing our fight against Daesh, it is complementing it.”“These two terror groups seem like they’re fighting each other, but on the contrary they always support one another,” pointed Erdoğan.Erdoğan stressed that Syria's territorial integrity is "indispensable," also warning that subdivisions imposed by those who are outside Syria are “null and void.”The first tripartite summit was held in the Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi on Nov. 22, 2017 to discuss progress made in the Astana peace talks and changes in de-escalation zones across Syria.Erdoğan said: "Turkey will not stop until all regions under PYD/PKK control, including Manbij, are secured. We will never allow either Syria or our region to be attacked by a few terrorist groups."He also called on the international community to support a political solution to the Syrian crisis."Over 160,000 Syrians returned home"“4,000 square kilometers were cleared from terrorists and rendered safe. We also improved the infra and superstructure to make these regions more livable for our Syrian brothers and sisters. A total of 160,000 [Syrian refugees] have returned and established a new life for themselves in their homeland. Hundreds of thousands of guests will return to Afrin after the infrastructure is fixed,” he added.“We want to build a field hospital for those injured in Eastern Ghouta in cooperation with the Russian armed forces,” revealed Erdoğan.Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch on Jan. 20 to clear terrorist groups from Afrin, northwestern Syria amid growing threats from the region.On March 18, Turkish-backed troops liberated the town center of Afrin, which had been a major hideout for the YPG/PKK since 2012.Syria's unityFor his part, Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed that all three countries are in agreement with regards to preserving Syria's territorial integrityPutin also backed Erdoğan’s call for imminent humanitarian aid in Syria.Rouhani in his speech stated that Turkey, Russia and Iran wanted “everybody to recognize the unity of Syria.The leaders of Turkey, Iran and Russia said that they were determined to speed up efforts to ensure "calm on the ground" in Syria, and to protect civilians in "de-escalation areas," according to a joint statement.Galeri: Turkey-Russia-Iran Tripartite summitSyria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.Trilateral summit on Syria ends with participation of Turkish, Russian, Iranian presidents