The UN has warned that children are bearing the brunt of the intensified fighting between government forces and the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
Peter Hawkins, representative of the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Iraq, estimated on Monday that 100,000 girls and boys were still living under extremely dangerous conditions in the Daesh-held Old City neighborhood and other areas.
The UN agency is receiving "alarming reports" of civilians being killed, including children, in the city's western half, he added.
The UNICEF representative didn't give a specific number of children killed in the crossfire.
The official called on the warring sides to "protect the children and keep them out of harm's way at all times, in line with their obligations under humanitarian law."