UN says 189 children killed in Iraq in 2015

United Nations says 189 children have been killed so far this year in Iraq one of war-torn countries in Middle East where children are unable to access even basic services due to attacks

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

According to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), around 14 million children are suffering from the escalating conflicts in Syria and Iraq

Since the beginning of the year, 189 children have been killed and another 301 injured in conflict-affected Iraq, the UN said this week.

Peter Hawkins, UNICEF Iraq representative, and Jan Kubis, UN special representative of the secretary general for Iraq, said in a joint statement that children in war-torn areas have been unable to access basic services, including health and education, due to attacks on schools and hospitals.

“In Ramadi alone, a total of 45 schools have been destroyed or damaged as a result of the conflict since last year,” the statement said.

In recent years, bombings and shooting attacks -- which often target civilians -- have become a common occurrence in war-torn Iraq, especially Baghdad.

Iraq has suffered a devastating security vacuum since June 2014, when Daesh overran Mosul -- the country’s second largest city -- before going on to capture additional territory in both Iraq and neighboring Syria.