More babies than fighters died in conflicts between 2013 and 2017: Report | Middle East Eye

More babies than fighters died in conflicts between 2013 and 2017: Report | Middle East Eye

At least 550,000 babies probably died as a result of armed conflicts between 2013 and 2017 in the 10 worst-affected countries, according to a new analysis by Save the Children – an average of well over 100,000 each year.

The death toll, which is based on United Nations data, includes infants who succumbed to indirect effects of war, such as hunger, damaged infrastructure and hospitals, a lack of access to health care and sanitation and a lack of aid.

The total number of deaths from indirect effects jumps to 870,000 when all children under the age of five are included.

By comparison, the UK-based charity estimates from available data that in the same five-year period almost 175,000 fighters were killed in the conflicts.

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