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2 Million Children at Risk from Weapons in Syria

An international aid group says Syria has been so contaminated with weapons and bombs that the lives of 5.1 million people, including 2 million children, are at constant risk.

Handicap International, which helps the disabled during conflicts, called on all parties in the conflict to abide by international humanitarian law and immediately end use of explosives in populated areas.

The group’s report was released on Tuesday.

It says that between December 2012 and March 2015, the group analyzed 77,645 incidents — such as fighting and bombardments — and found that explosive weapons are the most commonly used weapons in Syria.

Handicap International says civilians “are in grave danger, as 75 percent of these incidents took place in populated areas.”

Syria’s conflict has killed more than 220,000 people since March 2011.

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