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The United Nations said it had identified more than 12,000 children killed or maimed during armed conflicts last year, an unprecedented number since the United Nations began collecting data on victims of armed conflict among children.

The United Nations has recorded more than 24,000 child abuse, including sexual violence, assaults on schools, hospitals or child recruitment, according to a report released Tuesday by the United Nations in New York.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutierrez expressed his "frustration" and "dismay" over the report.

The number of children killed or maimed by armed conflict in 2017 was more than 10,000, and the experts concerned monitored more than 21,000 cases of child abuse, compared to some 8,000 deaths or deformities among children in 2016. For the first time in 1999, History of the United Nations, preparation of this annual report.

The report also noted an "alarming increase" in abuses by government and international forces, unlike non-state armed groups, compared to 2017 figures.

About 3,000 children were killed in Afghanistan, about 1,000 in Syria and about 1,000 in Yemen, as fighting continued in those conflicts.

More than 7,000 children were forced into recruitment in 2018, especially in Somalia, Nigeria and Syria. The highest number of cases of child sexual abuse and abduction in 2018 was also recorded in Somalia.

ABU DHABI (AFP)

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