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PHOTOS: The traumatised children of war-torn Syria

Last updated on: March 18, 2013 08:53 IST

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Defining images of Syrian children living amid the ongoing conflict in their country. Syrian children have been shot at, tortured and raped during two years of unrest and civil war, the London-based international charity Save the Children said in a report released on Wednesday.

Two million children, it said, face malnutrition, disease and severe trauma, becoming innocent victims of a bloody conflict that has already claimed 70,000 lives.

Both government forces and rebels have been accused of targeting civilians and committing war crimes. Refugees say that President Bashar-al Assad's soldiers are directly targeting children.

In this photograph, a Syrian boy stands in front of a damaged armoured vehicle belonging to the Syrian army in a street in Homs.

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Girls queue to buy bread at the only operational bakery at the outskirts of Idlib province, Syria.

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A Free Syrian Army fighter pulls a boy off the street as a sniper fires during fighting with forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar el-Assad in Aleppo city.

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A child walks in a house damaged after heavy shelling by government forces in Sermeen near the northern city of Idlib, Syria.

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A Syrian refugee boy holds bread at the Boynuyogun refugee camp on the Turkish-Syrian border in Hatay province.

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Sawssan  Abdelwahab, who fled Idlib in Syria, walks with her children outside the refugees camp near the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern city of Yayladagi.

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A Syrian family cross to Turkey by boat over the Orontes river on the Turkish-Syrian border near the village of Hacipasa in Hatay province.

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A girl waves a Syrian opposition flag during a protest against President Bashar al Assad in Al Qusayr.

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People run upon hearing a nearby plane bombing during a protest against President Bashar al-Assad in the al-Katerji Tariq district in Aleppo. 

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Um Jaafar, a woman fighter in the Free Syrian Army, sits with her husband Abu Jaafar, a Sawt al-Haq (Voice of Rights) battalion commander, and her daughter Faten at their home in Aleppo.

Um Jaafar was a women's hairdresser before the revolution and after being trained by her husband, she is now a member of a Sawt al-Haq battalion on the frontline of Aleppo's Sheikh Saeed neighbourhood.

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A man carries a child who was wounded after a jet missile hit the al-Myassar neighbourhood of Aleppo. 

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Syrians jump over barbed wire as they flee from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain to the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province.

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Syrian refugee girls attend class at the Bab Al-Salam refugee camp in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border.

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Shams al-Mohamad, a 6-year-old Syrian girl, lies on a stretcher as she looks at her sister Marwa at a hospital in Tripoli, northern Lebanon.

According to their mother, Shams and Marwa were wounded when a shell hit their house during fighting between Syrian troops and anti-government forces in Qusair.

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A child watches men dig graves for future casualties of Syria's civil conflict at Sheikh Saeed cemetery in Azaz city, north of Aleppo.

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A girl looks up to the sky after hearing the sound of shelling as she sits on a toy pony in the playground of Al-Tawheed school in Aleppo.

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A boy makes preparations in a cave under his house to be used as a shelter in Kafruma, an area in the Syrian province of Idlib.

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Children play on a tank that belonged to pro-government forces in an area controlled by the Free Syrian Army in Idlib governorate, Syria.

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A girl who returned from school cries upon seeing her house destroyed after a jet missile hit the al-Myassar neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria. 

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A boy sits at his parents' house, damaged by shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Talbiseh, near Homs.  

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Children chant slogans during a demonstration against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in in Hazzano, Idlib province.

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A window, broken by a stray bullet from clashes between the Syrian army and the rebels, is seen at a refugee camp named "Container City" in the Turkish province of Kilis.

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Syrian children and women arrive in Dabbabieh in northern Lebanon, near the Lebanese-Syrian border.

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