Growing number of children used as fighters in Syria’s war
July 3, Baghdad: A large number of Syrian boys under 18 have been recruited to fight with groups including FSA, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Nusra Front and YPG, UN said.
Growing number of children caught up in Syria‘s war are being abused and used as fighters.
The UN said that it has verified that 271 boys and seven girls have been recruited by armed groups, and that the real number is expected to be much higher. The groups enlisting minors to fight include Free Syrian Army brigades, the Kurdish YPG, ISIL and the Nusra Front.
The Syrian regime and militias supporting it are also arresting and torturing children.
The Oslo Times