According to the Syrian Network of Huma Rights, there have been around 12,000 recorded child fatalities since March 2011. Among the killed children, 2,344 were aged under 10 and 391 were babies. 92 had been tortured to death.
French FM Laurent Fabius announced that blood and urine samples taken from casualties show that sarin has certainly been used several times in Syria. The samples reportedly came from Damascus and Saraqeb in Idlib province. In the case of Saraqeb, where a helicopter dropped gas on 29 April, “there is no doubt that it was the regime and its accomplices [who attacked] because we are aware of the entire chain from when the attack took place, to when the people were killed and when the sample was taken.”
6.8 million people inside Syria (almost 1 in 3 Syrians) are now in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), with over 4 million people now internally displaced.
The UN is currently providing food to 2.25 million Syrians a month.
Meanwhile, there are funding shortfalls of hundreds of millions dollars, they are still waiting for Assad’s permission to make cross-border deliveries to rebel-held areas in the North, only 10 convoys have delivered across “conflict lines” this year (5 to rebel-held areas, the other 5 to “contested” areas).
What this means is that the most populated province, Aleppo has the highest numbers in need (2.4 million) but relatively little aid delivered (749 cubic metres Jan-Mar 2013, far less than Damascus, Homs, Idlib and Daraa).
Is a building worth more than the lives of people? No. But this building was a powerful symbol of Daraa and the birthplace of the Syrian Revolution. It was also one of the oldest mosques in the world, dating back to the early 8th Century. Therefore it breaks our hearts to see the destruction of the minaret of the Omari mosque in Daraa al-Balad today after being repeatedly targeted by Assad’s forces.
This used to be a girl’s primary school in the Damascus suburb of Daraya, one of more than 2,400 destroyed schools in Syria, according to the report by UNICEF last week. 1 in 5 schools in Syria is now either destroyed or used to house displaced people.
Since December, Assad’s forces have launched dozens of Scud-type missiles (this week a source in Turkish government said at least 40). Several more missiles were seen being fired from North of Damascus today. 2 different neighbourhoods of Aleppo have been hit – Tariq al-Bab and Ard al-Hamra. Many homes have been completely destroyed and there are dozens of casualties.