Children and adolescents, who make up more than half the population, are living through a terrifying siege that will likely have enduring impact. They have seen family members killed and their communities destroyed. They are confined to their homes, in many cases without access to food, water or electricity. They cannot go to school, to their health centres, and they certainly cannot go out to play.
All children have rights which must be safeguarded irrespective of the environment they happen to live in. Protection of civilians is an obligation under international humanitarian law.