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Children Charity Calls for Truce in Aleppo Amid Attacks on Residential Areas

© AFP 2021 / KARAM AL-MASRI Syrian men ride a motorbike past damaged buildings in the rebel-held Bustan al-Qasr district in eastern Aleppo
Syrian men ride a motorbike past damaged buildings in the rebel-held Bustan al-Qasr district in eastern Aleppo - Sputnik International
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A prominent children rights advocacy group urged Wednesday the parties to the Syrian conflict to agree a 72-hour ceasefire to evacuate sick and injured civilians, as well as to deliver humanitarian relief to eastern Aleppo, amid reports of continued attacks on the residential areas of the city.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – According to the children charity, the Sunday’s attack on a school claimed lives of at least seven children and demonstrated that "the very places they [children and aid workers] should feel safest have become deadly."

"It is a moral outrage that the death toll of Aleppo’s children continues to grow and seems only set to get worse, whilst so little action is being taken to end the bombing and hold warring parties accountable for these attacks on civilians. Parties to the conflict must come together to agree an immediate ceasefire, and to evacuate civilian casualties and get life-saving aid into the area," Syria Director for Save the Children Sonia Khush said in a statement.

At least ten civilians were killed and 30 more were injured on Sunday after radical militant groups from the eastern part of Syria's Aleppo shelled the city's residential areas.

Over the recent months, Aleppo has been a major battleground in Syria, engaging government forces, jihadists, and numerous opposition groups. Eastern Aleppo is held by militants, encircled by government forces, and the fighting has affected thousands of civilians still trapped in the city.

On Wednesday, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien said that between 200,000 and 300,000 civilians were still held by terrorists in the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo.

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