AMMAN, Jordan -- A British charity's report on atrocities in the Syrian civil war focuses on the conflict's youngest victims: Children.
Activists say thousands of children have been left dead and many more traumatized.
Tuesday's report from Save the Children compiles 18 first-hand accounts from Syrian refugee children.
They include a boy who witnessed his family members blown apart by a rocket falling on a funeral procession.
A teenager says he was imprisoned and tortured in his school, which had been turned into a detention center for children. The six-year-old son of an anti-government activist was abducted, then starved and beaten to death, something that was witnessed by another child.
Syria rarely responds to allegations of rights abuses. The regime blames the country's troubles on "terrorists," its term for the rebels.
Activists estimate some 30,000 people have been killed in the conflict, including close to 2,000 children.
Save the Children is urging the United Nations to increase its presence on the ground to document violations.
The Associated Press