Amnesty International: 77 children killed in Syrian unrest

The human rights group Amnesty International has revealed to Channel 4 News that they have the names of 77 children killed during 3 months of unrest in Syria.

Senior Syria researcher Neil Sammonds said out of 1060 known deaths of civilians in Syria, nearly ten per-cent were children, more than doubling UNICEF’s previous estimate of 30 on June 1st.

“We have definitely seen a pattern of increased brutality recently, we’ve documented around 20 cases where there are signs of torture, and those cases are coming out more frequently now. It seems security forces are now willing to use violence without provocation at all,” he said.

The details emerged as new video footage was released showing the mutilated body of 15-year-old Thamer al-Sahri, who was arrested at a protest in April in Saida near Deraa. He was detained alongside his friend 13-year-old Hamza al-Khateeb. Video images of Hamza’s mutilated body caused international outrage when they became public last week.

Neil Sammonds also revealed to Channel 4 News that Amnesty International are trying to confirm reports that a third child’s body has also been mutilated.

The video footage of Thamer al-Sahri’s body showed his body had been riddled with bullets, that his eye had been gouged out, and that he had lost several teeth. This new footage has sparked protests in Jeeza where hundreds of residents took to the street on Wednesday, the day the body was released to the family.

The revelations of Hamza’s death in late May coincided with intense unrest in Syria, with solidarity demonstrations spreading to over 200 different locations.

Channel 4

  • 5thDrawer

    Basically, sickening.

    • Right? It takes a real man to make someone else pull the trigger on women and children. Imagine about what isn’t being reported, the hidden bodies, the torture.. I dont think we have seen the worst yet, Hopefully some brave Syrian soldier will step up and end this despicable regime once and for all with a burst of machine gun fire. You had your chance to reform, as well as to stop killing and step down. Now they will come for you, enough is enough. Iran,your next.

  • Anonymous

    Basically, sickening.

    • Right? It takes a real man to make someone else pull the trigger on women and children. Imagine about what isn’t being reported, the hidden bodies, the torture.. I dont think we have seen the worst yet, Hopefully some brave Syrian soldier will step up and end this despicable regime once and for all with a burst of machine gun fire. You had your chance to reform, as well as to stop killing and step down. Now they will come for you, enough is enough. Iran,your next.

  • Anonymous

    Basically, sickening.

  • This is so sad

  • This is so sad

  • kareemthehippy

    Speechless : (

  • Anonymous

    Speechless : (

  • leobetapar

    i remenber amnesty in the time of aparthied they was refusing to ask for the liberation of Mandela in the pretext that the S A gov of the time was acting according the law of the country (means the law of appartheid) they are bunch of euro/usa centric who fight for the right of usa to reign that ‘s it .What about Barhein i heard of the atrocity that the turks in power there the “hal shitty” i guess,act like demons destructor of mosque hospital and anything good will you hear the rapport of amnesty there?they have one sure, but forget to talk about.Just a question how many millions cia give to amnesty each year?

  • Anonymous

    i remenber amnesty in the time of aparthied they was refusing to ask for the liberation of Mandela in the pretext that the S A gov of the time was acting according the law of the country (means the law of appartheid) they are bunch of euro/usa centric who fight for the right of usa to reign that ‘s it .What about Barhein i heard of the atrocity that the turks in power there the “hal shitty” i guess,act like demons destructor of mosque hospital and anything good will you hear the rapport of amnesty there?they have one sure, but forget to talk about.Just a question how many millions cia give to amnesty each year?

  • Anonymous

    i remenber amnesty in the time of aparthied they was refusing to ask for the liberation of Mandela in the pretext that the S A gov of the time was acting according the law of the country (means the law of appartheid) they are bunch of euro/usa centric who fight for the right of usa to reign that ‘s it .What about Barhein i heard of the atrocity that the turks in power there the “hal shitty” i guess,act like demons destructor of mosque hospital and anything good will you hear the rapport of amnesty there?they have one sure, but forget to talk about.Just a question how many millions cia give to amnesty each year?