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UN, November 27. /TASS/. The number of children living under siege in Syria has doubled in one year to almost half a million, the United Nations Children's Fund reported Sunday.
"As violence continues to escalate across Syria, the number of children living under siege has doubled in less than one year. Nearly 500,000 children now live in 16 besieged areas across the country, almost completely cut off from humanitarian aid and basic services," the report said.
According to Unicef, in eastern Aleppo alone 100,000 children are living under siege.
"In the absence of safe spaces, children are turning to basement playgrounds, schools and hospitals to continue playing, learning and, when necessary, seeking medical care. In one besieged area, a group of volunteers built a playground and a park by linking a series of basements. On average, around 200 children come to this playground every day. In another besieged area, an underground school provides 50 girls with the chance to keep learning," the report said.
"For millions of human beings in Syria, life has become an endless nightmare - in particular for the hundreds of thousands of children living under siege. Children are being killed and injured, too afraid to go to school or even play, surviving with little food and hardly any medicine," Anthony Lake, Unicef Executive Director, was quoted as saying. "This is no way to live - and too many are dying," he said.
As the conflict nears six years, Unicef has renewed its call on all parties to lift the sieges across Syria, and "to allow and facilitate immediate, unconditional and sustained humanitarian access to all areas across the country," the report said.