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Satellite Images Show Scope of Syrian Military Moves

by VOA News September 25, 2012

Satellite images released Tuesday show the scope of Syrian military activity in neighborhoods of the besieged Syrian commercial center, Aleppo.

A major U.S. science association says an analysis of high-resolution images of Aleppo reveals that heavily armored vehicles were deployed in civilian neighborhoods during last month's fighting.

Battles between Syrian government forces and rebels continue in and around Syria's most populous city, which also faces government bombardment.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science said Tuesday that the new images were taken August 9 and 23. They show tanks and armored vehicles and more than 100 damaged buildings after a military push to take the city.

Syria limits outside reporting. The images confirm reports from citizens and rebel groups of a government siege on Aleppo neighborhoods.

Aid group: Children targeted, tortured

The report comes as the aid group Save the Children is warning about the effects of the conflict in Syria on the nation's children. The group says children have been the target of attacks and witnessed the deaths of family members.

The organization's CEO, Justin Forsyth, says "appalling acts of violence" are being committed against Syrian children, and that they need special care to help them recover.

"They're telling us of their school being bombed or tanks knocking down their houses," he said. "They're telling us of relatives that have been killed by the army, of breaking into the house in the middle of the night, of watching their brother or sister or father being shot. They're even telling us of children being tortured in prison; little children of only 10 years old having their fingernails pulled out, even their fingers cut off. This is appalling, and it has to stop now."

The group is also calling on the United Nations to better document rights violations against children.

World leaders speaking at the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday are calling for an end to the 18-month-long conflict in Syria.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the assembly that the world must "stop the violence and flows of arms to both sides, and set in motion a Syrian-led transition as soon as possible."

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