09/28/2016 04:52 EDT | Updated 09/28/2016 04:58 EDT

Aleppo Violence Has Killed Nearly 100 Children In Last 5 Days

UNICEF says the health system in the city's rebel-held section is "crumbling."

BEIRUT — UNICEF says at least 96 children have been killed and more than 220 wounded in eastern Aleppo over the last five days.

Justin Forsyth, deputy executive director of the U.N. children's agency, says a military onslaught in rebel-held areas of the northern Syrian city has left children "trapped in a living nightmare.''

In a UNICEF statement Wednesday, he said the shock and suffering among children "is definitely the worst we have seen.''

UNICEF says the health system in the rebel-held section of Aleppo is "crumbling,'' with only about 30 doctors left in an area with a population of about 250,000.

It says at least 223 children have been wounded since Friday.

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