According to UNICEF, at least 83 children, mostly Syrians, were killed during a “bloody” January in conflicts zones in the Middle East.

They were killed in ongoing conflicts, suicide attacks, or frozen to death as they fled active warzones, UNICEF reports, blaming intensifying fighting in Syria.

Since its start in March 2011, the civil war in Syria has claimed more than 400,000 lives and displaced 22 million people. International organizations have blamed all sides involved in the conflict: the Syrian government, ISIL, opposition rebel groups, and the U.S.-led coalition, of human rights violations and massacres.

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Ahmed Naser is a UK-based journalist with a deep understanding of the Middle East. Ahmed is a contributor to a wide range of regional publications in the Middle East. He works across print and digital media as a freelance editor and writer.

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