On December 2, the Turkish army and its mercenaries committed a massacre against the people of Afrin forcibly displaced from their homes in al-Shahba, which resulted in the martyrdom of 10 civilians, including 8 children, and the injury of 12 others.
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa, based in Amman, Jordan, published a report on its official website expressing shock and sadness over the massacre.
The UNICEF statement did not indicate that the Turkish occupying power committed the massacre of the children of Tel Rifaat and did not include any condemnation of the crime committed by Turkey and its mercenaries.
"We are shocked and saddened by reports that eight children were killed and eight others wounded in attacks on the town of Tal Rifaat, north of Aleppo," the UNICEF statement said.
All children are under 15 years of age.
With these attacks, at least 34 children have been killed in northern Syria in the past four weeks.
During nearly nine years of conflict in Syria, the fundamental principle of child protection was not considered.
"UNICEF reminds all parties to the conflict in Syria of the obligation to protect children at all times. Children are not the target and those who deliberately kill children will be held accountable."