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Friday 22 September 2017

IS 'torturing and killing children'

The United Nations has called for action to protect children in Iraq
The United Nations has called for action to protect children in Iraq

Islamic State is systematically killing, torturing and raping children and families of minority groups in Iraq, the United Nations warned, as it called on government forces there to do more to protect them.

In a report issued in Geneva, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child said it has received reports of "several cases of mass executions of boys, as well as reports of beheadings, crucifixions of children and burying children alive".

Iraq's military has been struggling in its fight against Islamic State, and the government has pleaded repeatedly for more weapons and training.

Still, the UN agency urged that more be done, saying Iraq needs to "take all necessary actions to ensure the safety and protection of children and their families".

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